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The first clapperboard slams for Laurent Lafitte’s L'Origine du Monde

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- Karin Viard, Vincent Macaigne, Nicole Garcia and Hélène Vincent also star in the actor-director’s first feature film, a Trésor Films production sold by StudioCanal

The first clapperboard slams for Laurent Lafitte’s L'Origine du Monde
Actor-director Laurent Lafitte

Filming kicked off today on L'Origine du Monde, the first full-length film directed by Laurent Lafitte (nominated Best Supporting Actor at the Césars in 2017 and in 2018 for Elle [+see also:
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and See You Up There [+see also:
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, respectively, recently enjoyed in School’s Out [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Marnier
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and currently touring movie theatres in Little White Lies 2 [+see also:
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). 

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Also featuring among the cast and flanking Lafitte are Karin Viard (winner of the Best Actress César 2000, and nominated for the same award in 2005, 2012, 2015 for The Bélier Family [+see also:
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 and in 2018 for Jalouse [+see also:
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; winner of the Best Supporting Actress César in 2003, and in 2019 for Little Tickles [+see also:
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, nominated for the same award in 1998, 2009, 2011 and 2016, and soon to be seen in Chanson Douce and Valse de Vienne), Vincent Macaigne (nominated Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 César Awards for C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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 and Best Actor at the 2016 Lumières Awards for Les Deux Amis [+see also:
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, and similarly in contention for the Best New Hope César in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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; notably at his best in Non Fiction [+see also:
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and White As Snow [+see also:
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 and set to grace French cinemas in September in Fête de famille), Nicole Garcia (nominated for the Best Actress César in 1981, 1984 and 1986, and for Best Supporting Actress in 2002, and topping the bill this year in Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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) and Hélène Vincent (nominated for the Best Actress César in 2013 for A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
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; nominated Best Supporting Actress at the Césars in 1989 and 1992; recently seen in By The Grace of God [+see also:
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 and The Specials [+see also:
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 and soon to hit French cinemas in Revenir).

Laurent Lafitte’s adaptation of Sébastien Thiéry’s eponymous play revolves around 40-year-old Jean-Louis who realises, as he makes his way home, that his heart is no longer beating. Is he alive? Is he dead? Feeling as if he’s living on borrowed time, he investigates, he agonises. Neither his veterinarian friend nor his wife Valérie can give him the answers he needs to appease the panic he feels. Valérie’s holistic life coach is the only one who can help Jean-Louis. But in order for her to do so, he must follow her advice and return to the source of his problems: his mother; or, more precisely, his mother’s genitals, which he will have to take a photo of…

Produced by Alain Attal on behalf of Trésor FilmsL'Origine du Monde is co-produced by France 2 CinémaStudioCanal, 2L Productions and Belgian outfit Artémis Productions. Shooting on this feature film, which has been pre-purchased by Canal+, will continue in Paris until 26 July. 

Scooping the 12th Daniel Toscan du Plantier Prize for Best Producer in 2018, Alain Attal recently knocked out Sink or Swim [+see also:
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 by Gilles Lellouche (4.2 million admissions in France), In Safe Hands [+see also:
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 by Jeanne Herry (834,000 viewers in France), The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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 by Antonin Baudry (1.5 million admissions) and Little White Lies 2 by Guillaume Canet (2.48 million viewers in four weeks). Among the various titles currently in post-production with Trésor Films is The Translators by Régis Roinsard (see the article).

(Translated from French)

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