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Filming commences on Anne Fontaine's Police

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- Virginie Efira, Omar Sy, Grégory Gadebois and Payman Maadi star in the F Comme Film and Ciné@ production, to be sold by StudioCanal

Filming commences on Anne Fontaine's Police
Director Anne Fontaine

Filming commenced on Anne Fontaine’s 17th feature, Police, on 4 February. The film stars Virginie Efira (nominated for both the César and Lumières Best Actress Award in 2017 and 2019 for In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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 and An Impossible Love [+see also:
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 and a César in 2019 for Best Supporting Actress in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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, also recently appreciated in Keep Going [+see also:
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 and due to hit our screens later this year in Sibyl and in Blessed Virgin in 2020), Omar Sy (winner of the Best Actor César Award in 2012 for Untouchable [+see also:
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and nominated in 2017 for Chocolat [+see also:
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, currently in theatres in The Wolf's Call [+see also:
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 and Yao [+see also:
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, and due to hit theatres in January 2020 in The Lost Prince), Grégory Gadebois (nominated for the Best Actor César Award in 2014 for One of a Kind [+see also:
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 and a César in 2012 for Most Promising Performance in Angel & Tony [+see also:
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, also recently seen in Nothing to Hide [+see also:
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 and due to hit our screens later this year in J’accuse) and Payman Maadi (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actor at Berlin in 2011 for A Separation).

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Written by the director and Claire Barré and based on the novel by Hugo Boris, the film focuses on Virginie, Erik and Aristide, three Paris police officers who are forced to accept an unusual mission: to drive a stranger back to the border. On the way to the airport, Virginia realises that their prisoner risks death if he returns to his country. Faced with an unbearable decision, she tries to convince her colleagues to let him go. 

Discovered in the Cannes Critics' Week in 1993 with Love Affairs Usually End Badly, Anne Fontaine’s films have been selected to participate on the Croisette twice since (Augustine in the Un Certain Regard section in 1995 and Oh La La! [+see also:
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 out of competition in 2006). She has also competed at Venice (Nettoyage à sec, Best Screenplay Award in 1997), Locarno (How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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 in 2001) and San Sebastian (In His Hands [+see also:
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 in 2005). Other films include Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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 (2009), Perfect Mothers [+see also:
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 (2013), Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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 (2014), Agnus Dei [+see also:
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 (Sundance 2016), Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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 (Orizzonti section at Venice in 2017) and White as Snow [+see also:
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, which is due to be released in France on 10 April.

Produced by Jean-Louis Livi for F Comme Film and Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@Police was co-produced by France 2 CinémaFrance 3 Cinéma, Korokoro, the Belgian outfit Scope Pictures and Studiocanal, which is handling French distribution and international sales. Also pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film received support from Sofica Cofinova and La Banque Postale Image, with nine weeks of filming due to take place in Paris and in the Île-de-France region with Yves Angelo (winner of a César Award in 1990, 1992 and 1994 and nominated seven times in total) on board as the director of photography.

(Translated from French)

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