End of shooting in sight for Éric Barbier's Petit pays
by Fabien Lemercier
- The filmmaker plunges us into the heart of Burundi in 1992 as the tragedy of the Rwandan civil war comes to light in a production produced by Jerico and sold by Pathé
Filming on Eric Barbier's Petit pays enters the home stretch in Rwanda, where it’s due to wrap on 12 March before a final day of filming in Paris. This is the 6th feature by the filmmaker, known for his debut Le Brasier (Jean Vigo prize in 1991), as well as The Snake [+see also:
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The film stars Jean-Paul Rouve (winner of a César Award in 2003 for Most Promising Performance and nominated for a César in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in Podium, also very popular in the Les Tuche [+see also:
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Written by the director after the eponymous novel by Gaël Faye, the film focuses on the story of Gabriel in 1992, a 10-year-old boy who lives in Burundi with his French father (Rouve), an entrepreneur, his Rwandan mother and his little sister, Ana, in a comfortable ex-pat neighbourhood. Despite enjoying a peaceful childhood, his life soon changes course when his parents separate, civil war looms and tragedy strikes in Rwanda...
Produced by Eric Jehelmann and Philippe Rousselet for Jerico and by Jérôme Salle for Super 8 Production, Petit pays was co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, the Belgian outfit Scope Pictures and by Pathé, which will be also managing the film’s French distribution and international sales. Pre-purchased by Canal + and Ciné +, the feature film benefited from eight weeks of filming (which kicked off on 14 January), with Antoine Sanier on board as the director of photography.
For the record, Jerico has also worked on Remi, Nobody's Boy [+see also:
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(Translated from French)
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