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Filming nears an end on La Daronne

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- Isabelle Huppert stars in the new film by Jean-Paul Salomé. A Les Films du Lendemain and La Boétie Films production, with Scope Pictures in co-production

Filming nears an end on La Daronne
Actress Isabelle Huppert

The end is in site for filming on Jean-Paul Salomé's La Daronne, which is due to wrap up on 8 January. This film will mark the eighth feature by the director after Belphegor: Phantom of the Louvre (2001), Arsène Lupin (nominated for a César Award in 2005 for Best Costume Design), Female Agents [+see also:
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(nominated for a César Award in 2009 for Best Costume Design) and Playing Dead [+see also:
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(nominated for a Magritte Award in 2015 for Best Co-Produced Foreign Film).

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The cast stars Isabelle Huppert (who has won numerous awards over the years at Cannes in 1978 and 2001, at Berlin in 2002 and at Venice in 1988 and 1995, as well as a Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2017 and a nomination that same year at the Oscars for Elle [+see also:
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. Also due to hit our screens in 2019 in A Golden Youth [+see also:
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, Blanche comme neige and Frankie), who stars alongside Hippolyte Girardot (nominated for a César Award for Best Actor in 1990 and 1992, and recently appreciated in Ismael's Ghosts [+see also:
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and On the Sly [+see also:
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), the seasoned actress Liliane Rovère (known for With a Friend Like Harry, and a recurring character in the French TV series Call My Agent!), Farida Ouchani (Our Mother [+see also:
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), Jade Nadja Nguyen, Youssef Sahraoui, Kamel Guenfoud and Iris Bry (nominated for both a César and Lumières Award for Most Promising Performance for The Guardians [+see also:
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). 

Written by Jean-Paul Salomé and Hannelore Cayre as an adaptation of a novel by Cayre (published by Métailié), the screenplay centres on Patience Portefeux, a Franco-Arab judicial interpreter specialising in telephone tapping for the Stups. Precarious work, paid for underhand. One day, Patience infiltrates a network and ends up becoming “la Daronne,” right in the heart of Belleville...

Produced by Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain and by Jean-Baptiste Dupont for La Boétie Films, La Daronne was co-produced by the Belgian outfit Scope Pictures. Filming, which started on 5 November, is taking place in Paris and the surrounding region, with Julien Hirsch (César Award in 2007 for Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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and nominated in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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) as the film’s director of photography. The music will be composed by Bruno Coulais (nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for The Chorus [+see also:
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, a three-times César Award winner and nominated seven times in total from 1997 to 2013). French distribution will be provided by Le Pacte, while international sales are still under negotiation.

Les Films du Lendemain are currently processing Casanova, Last Love [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot, which is in post-production (starring Vincent Lindon as Casanova and Stacy Martin – due to be released in France on 20 March), while the young outfit La Boétie Films recently co-produced the hit comedy Rolling to You [+see also:
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.

(Translated from French)

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