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Shoot about to kick off for Xavier Beauvois’ Un petit-fils

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- Jérémie Renier toplines the cast of this production being staged by Les Films du Worso and set to be sold by Pathé

Shoot about to kick off for Xavier Beauvois’ Un petit-fils
Director Xavier Beauvois and actor Jérémie Renier

On 14 October, Xavier Beauvois will be in Normandy to kick off the shoot for Un petit-fils (lit. “A Grandson”, working title), his eighth feature, following North (nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 1993), Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die (Jury Prize at Cannes in 1995), To Matthieu (in competition at Venice in 2000), The Young Lieutenant [+see also:
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(Giornate degli Autori in 2005), Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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(Grand Prize at Cannes in 2010 and César Award for Best Film in 2011), The Price of Fame [+see also:
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(in competition at Venice in 2014) and The Guardians [+see also:
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(unveiled at Toronto in 2017).

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Among the cast are Belgium’s Jérémie Renier (set to grace screens next year in Slalom and Justice), Marie Julie Maille (The Guardians), Victor Belmondo (Sweetheart [+see also:
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, Versus [+see also:
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), Iris Bry (The Guardians), Olivier Pequery and Madeleine Beauvois.

The story, written by Xavier Beauvois, Frédérique Moreau and Marie-Julie Maille (a trio who garnered a nomination for the César Award for Best Adaptation in 2018 for The Guardians), revolves around Laurent, the captain of a police squad in Etretat. He is planning to marry Marie, his partner and the mother of his daughter, nicknamed Poulette. He likes his job, despite inevitably coming into contact with social deprivation on a daily basis. As he attempts to save a farmer who is threatening to commit suicide, he accidentally kills him. His life is turned on its head...

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso (who are teaming up with the director for the second film in a row), Un petit-fils will be co-produced by Pathé Films, Orange Studio, France 3 Cinéma and Belgium’s Scope Pictures. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature is also being backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, by Normandie Images, and by the Sofitvciné, Cinécap, Indéfilms, Cinémage and Cinéventure Soficas. The nine-week shoot will take place from 14 October-20 December in Seine-Maritime (near Fécamp), with Julien Hirsch taking care of the cinematography (winner of the César Award in his category in 2007 for Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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and nominated in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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). The French distribution and international sales will be overseen by Pathé.

As a reminder, Les Films du Worso currently has Effacer l’historique by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine (see the article) in post-production, and recently produced Thalasso [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux (in competition at San Sebastián last month), Happy Birthday [+see also:
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by Cédric Kahn and three titles that were first revealed at Cannes in May: The Whistlers [+see also:
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by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (Romania’s candidate for the upcoming Oscars and scheduled to be released in French cinemas on 8 January 2020) and two features unveiled in the Critics’ Week – namely, Litigante [+see also:
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by Franco Lolli (out in France on 29 January 2020) and Heroes Don’t Die [+see also:
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by Aude Rapin.

(Translated from French)

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