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Guillaume de Fontenay shooting Sympathy for the Devil

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- Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers and Ella Rumpf topline this production being staged by Monkey Pack Films and sold by Charades

Guillaume de Fontenay shooting Sympathy for the Devil
Actors Niels Schneider, Vincent Rottiers and Ella Rumpf

The end is in sight for the shoot for Sympathy for the Devil, the feature debut by Quebecois director Guillaume de Fontenay. The film, which is about being an international correspondent during periods of conflict, is being shot in Sarajevo.

The cast includes French-Canadian actor Niels Schneider (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2017 for Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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, also popular in such titles as HeartbeatsSleeping Beauty [+see also:
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 and You and the Night [+see also:
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, and who has just been filming Curiosa), Vincent Rottiers (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2007 and 2010, nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Dheepan [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens later this year in AngelFrères d'arme and Sauver ou périr), Switzerland’s Ella Rumpf (nominated for the German Film Critics’ Award for Best Actress in 2018 for Tiger Girl [+see also:
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 and for the Swiss Film Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2015 for Chrieg [+see also:
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, also popular in Raw [+see also:
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), France’s Elisa Lasowski (who turned heads playing Maria Theresa in the series Versailles and has appeared in Game of Thrones), her fellow countryman Clément Métayer (nominated for the Lumières Award for Best New Actor in 2013 for Something in the Air [+see also:
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, also giving some fine performances in The Obscene Life [+see also:
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 and Florida [+see also:
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) and Belgium’s Arieh Worthhalter (popular at Toronto in Razzia [+see also:
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, and set to appear in the 2018 titles Mother's InstinctGirl and PEARL). 

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Written by the director, Guillaume Vigneault and Jean Barbe, and based on the book by Paul Marchand, the story revolves around the character of Paul Marchand, who, after Lebanon, spent 18 months as an international correspondent for all French-language radio stations during the Siege of Sarajevo. The movie is a chronicle of what many journalists from this so-called “Sarajevo generation” still remember as their very best years. 

Produced by Jean-Yves Robin and Marc Stanimirovic for Paris-based outfit Monkey Pack FilmsSympathy for the Devil is being co-produced by Canada’s Go Films, Belgium’s Nexus Factory and Lyon-based Logical Pictures. The film, which has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, is shooting for seven weeks in Sarajevo, from 2 February-15 March. The French distribution will be handled by Rezo Films and the international sales by Charades

As a reminder, Monkey Pack Films, Logical Pictures, Rezo Films and Charades previously teamed up on Coralie Fargeat’s Revenge [+see also:
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. Monkey Pack Films also recently produced Team Spirit [+see also:
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 by Vianney Lebasque.

(Translated from French)

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