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Filming kicks off on Nicolas Pariser’s Alice et le maire

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- Fabrice Luchini and Anaïs Demoustier star in the director's second feature film. A Bizibi production to be sold by Bac Films

Filming kicks off on Nicolas Pariser’s Alice et le maire
Actors Fabrice Luchini and Anaïs Demoustier

Filming kicked off on Nicolas Pariser’s second feature film in Lyon on 20 August: the political comedy Alice et le maire (lit. Alice and the Mayor). Well known for his first filmThe Great Game [+see also:
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(revealed at Locarno in the Filmmakers of the Present section in 2015 and winner of the Louis-Delluc award for Best Film the same year), this time around the filmmaker has reunitedFabrice Luchini (Coupe Volpi for Best Actor at Venice in 2015 for Courted [+see also:
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, nominated for a César award for Best Actor six times in 1991, 1997, 2013 for In the House [+see also:
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, 2014 for Cycling with Moliere [+see also:
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, 2016 for Courted and 2017 for Slack Bay [+see also:
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; in cinemas on 7 November in Un homme pressé) and Anaïs Demoustier (European Film Promotion Shooting Star award in 2010; nominated for a César award in 2009 and 2011 for Most Promising Actress and in 2018 for Best Supporting Role in The House by the Sea [+see also:
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; also notably appreciated in The New Girlfriend [+see also:
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interview: François Ozon
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and Bird People [+see also:
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; in cinemas on 28 November in Sauver ou périr and in Deux fils next year).

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The duo will star alongside Nora Hamzawi (who will be on screen at Venice in Non Fiction [+see also:
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), Maud Wyler (2 Autumns 3 Winters [+see also:
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, Breath of Life [+see also:
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), Alexandre Steiger (Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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interview: Jalil Lespert
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), Léonie Simaga (A Season in France [+see also:
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) and Antoine Reinartz (winner of a César award in 2018 for Best Supporting Role in BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Valois
interview: Robin Campillo
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).

Written by the director, the screenplay focuses on the mayor of Lyon, who has reached his limit. He has run out of ideas. After 30 years in politics, he feels completely empty. To remedy the problem, his team decides to bring in a young and brilliant philosopher. A dialogue opens up between them, bringing Alice and the mayor closer together and causing them to question their beliefs. A question slowly arises: are thought and political practice compatible?

Produced by Emmanuel Agneray (European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2009 and already at the helm of Nicolas’ first feature film) for Bizibi, Alice et le maire was co-produced by Arte France Cinema, Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinema, and the Belgian outfit Scope Pictures. The feature film is also supported by an advance on earnings from the CNC, as well as Sofica Cinémage, Cofinova, SG Image, Cinécap and Cinéventure. Seven weeks of filming will take place in Lyon until 5 October with Sébastien Buchmann attached to the project as the director of photography. Bac Films will be handling international sales.

For the record, Bizibi also produced Welcome to Argentina [+see also:
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by Edouard Deluc and Persona non grata by Roschdy Zem, which iscurrently in post-production (read the article here).

(Translated from French)

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