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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France / Belgium

Quentin Dupieux shooting Mandibles

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- Grégoire Ludig, David Marsais, Adèle Exarchopoulos and India Hair are among the cast of this Chi-Fou-Mi production, co-produced by Memento and Artémis, which will be sold by WTFilms and Wild Bunch

Quentin Dupieux shooting Mandibles
Director Quentin Dupieux

Since 16 September, the highly original Quentin Dupieux has been in the South of France shooting Mandibles, his eighth feature, following Steak [+see also:
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(2006), Rubber [+see also:
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(Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010), Wrong [+see also:
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(in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at Sundance in 2012), Wrong Cops [+see also:
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(Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2013), Reality [+see also:
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(Orizzonti at Venice in 2014), Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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(Best Screenplay Award at Sitges in 2018) and Deerskin [+see also:
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(which opened the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight this year).

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To topline the cast, the filmmaker has called upon the services of Grégoire Ludig and David Marsais, a comedy duo also known as Palmashow, who turned heads on the big screen in movies such as Babysitting [+see also:
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, and with the former having also played one of the lead roles in Keep an Eye Out. Other cast members include Adèle Exarchopoulos (Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013, César and Lumières Awards for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, giving brilliant performances in films such as Sibyl [+see also:
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, seen at Venice recently in Back Home [+see also:
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, which will be released in France on 29 January 2020, and also set to grace screens next year in BAC Nord), India Hair (nominated for the César and Lumières Awards for Most Promising Actress in 2013 for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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, popular in Staying Vertical [+see also:
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and Crash Test Aglaé [+see also:
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, hitting theatres in 2020 in Poissonsexe), Belgian rapper Roméo Elvis, Coralie Russier (BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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) and Bruno Lochet (The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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, Our Wonderful Lives [+see also:
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).

The story, written by the director himself (who is also taking care of the film’s cinematography, editing and score), revolves around Jean-Gab and Manu, two simple-minded friends who find a giant fly that is still alive and stuck in a car boot. And so they decide to tame it and train it in order to earn a bit of cash with it…

Produced by Hugo Sélignac and Vincent Mazel for Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, Mandibles is being co-produced by Memento Films Productions, C8 Films and Belgium’s Artémis Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and OCS, the feature, which will be shot for six-and-a-half weeks in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, is also being backed by the Indéfilms, Cofinova, Sofitvciné, Cinémage and Cinéaxe Soficas. Memento will handle the French distribution, whereas the international sales will be entrusted to WTFilms and Wild Bunch.

As a reminder, Chi-Fou-Mi Productions has The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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, In Safe Hands [+see also:
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, Sink or Swim [+see also:
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and The World Is Yours [+see also:
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in its recent filmography, and is about to wrap the shoot for BAC Nord (see the news).

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(Translated from French)

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