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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France / Belgium

Mona Achache is shooting Cœurs vaillants

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- Camille Cottin, Swann Arlaud, Patrick d’Assumçao and Anne-Lise Heimburger star in the cast of this Les Films du Cap production set to be sold by Other Angle Pictures

Mona Achache is shooting Cœurs vaillants
Actress Camille Cottin and actor Swann Arlaud

Since 29 July, shooting has been underway on Mona Achache’s Cœurs vaillants, the director’s third feature film after The Hedgehog [+see also:
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(839,000 admissions in France in 2009) and Les Gazelles [+see also:
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(293,000 admissions across the French territory in 2014). Stealing focus in the cast are Camille Cottin (nominated for the Best New Hope César in 2016 thanks to The Parisian Bitch [+see also:
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, particularly well received in The Mystery of Henri Pick [+see also:
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, The Dazzled [+see also:
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and the series Call My Agent!, and hitting French cinemas next year in Mon légionnaire), Swann Arlaud (the winner of the 2018 Best Actor César for Bloody Milk [+see also:
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and the 2020 Best Supporting Role gong for By the Grace of God [+see also:
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, also at his best in The Bare Necessity [+see also:
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, and whom we’ll be seeing in French cinemas on 16 December in Comment je suis devenu super-héros), Patrick d’Assumçao (scooping 2014’s Best Supporting Role César for Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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, likewise standing tall in The Apparition [+see also:
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and Back Home [+see also:
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, and who’s just finished filming Selon la police) and Anne-Lise Heimburger (Paul Sanchez is Back! [+see also:
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), not to mention seven youngsters aged between seven and sixteen.

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Written by Valérie Zenatti, Mona Achache, Jean Cottin and Christophe Offenstein, the story recounts the odyssey of six Jewish children who, in August 1942, decide to take refuge where no-one will think to look for them: amidst the Louvre Museum artworks hidden in the Château de Chambord. The character played by Camille Cottin was actually inspired by Rose Valand, a conservator at Paris’s Jeu de Paume Museum and a member of the resistance who, for the full duration of the war, spied and documented artwork thefts carried out by Nazi officers.

Produced by Jean Cottin on behalf of Les Films du Cap, Cœurs vaillants is co-produced by Orson Films and Belgian group Scope Pictures. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the SOFICA companies Cinécapital and Sofitvciné, and the backing of Chambord Estate where filming will continue until 15 September. Distribution in French cinemas will be managed by Bac Films while international sales are entrusted to Other Angle Pictures

For the record, Les Films du Cap are also currently steering Christopher Thompson’s Tendre et saignant through post-production (read our article – released in France on 3 March 2021).

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(Translated from French)

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