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Camille Chamoux and Damien Bonnard star in Le Processus de paix

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- The duo play a couple who aren’t short on love but can no longer stand one another in Ilan Klipper’s new film, a Cinéfrance Studios production sold by Le Pacte, which is soon to wrap filming

Camille Chamoux and Damien Bonnard star in Le Processus de paix
Actress Camille Chamoux and actor Damien Bonnard

The final clapperboard is set to slam on 2 February for Le Processus de paix, the second fiction feature by director Ilan Klipper, following the much-remarked movie The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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(Cannes’ 2017 ACID selection). To date, the filmmaker has mostly worked within the documentary field, offering up Flics (2006) and Commissariat (2009), which he co-directed with Virgil Vernier, Sainte-Anne (screened within Arte’s Grand Format programme and awarded a trophy at 2010’s Visions du Réel Festival) and Tightrope Walkers [+see also:
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(ACID Cannes 2020).

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Leading the cast of this new opus, which commenced filming on 14 December, are Camille Chamoux (Les gazelles [+see also:
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, Our Happy Holiday [+see also:
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, The Starry Sky Above Me) and Damien Bonnard (nominated for 2020’s Best Actor César for Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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, for 2019’s Best Supporting Role César for The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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and for 2017’s Acting Revelation Lumières award for Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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; recently well-received in Only the Animals [+see also:
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interview: Dominik Moll
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, among other works, and touring cinemas this year in Les intranquilles). The duo are joined by Jeanne Balibar (2018’s César and Lumières Best Actress awards for Barbara [+see also:
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, and starring in Memoria and Lost Illusions [+see also:
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in 2021) and Ariane Ascaride (Volpi Cup for Best Actress in Venice 2019 for Gloria Mundi [+see also:
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interview: Robert Guédiguian
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, and touring cinemas this year in Les Héroïques).

Written by the very same Camille Chamoux and Ilan Keppler, the story looks at the case of a couple who are in love but can no longer stand each other. In an interview published in Les Fiches du Cinéma in June of last year, the director spoke of "a film in the spirit of Maris and Woody Allen’s women", explaining that "it’s the story of a couple who are trying to hang on. They really love one another but they make for quite an explosive couple, so they argue a lot, but they don’t want to separate. Because they think it’s better to try to come through it, to go beyond themselves and do what it takes to make it work, rather than just giving up."

Le Processus de paix is produced by David Gauquié and Julien Deris on behalf of Cinéfrance Studios, and is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film will be sold worldwide and distributed in France by Le Pacte.

For the record, Cinéfrance Studios recently produced Meander [+see also:
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by Mathieu Turi (which won a trophy at the Trieste Science+Fiction Festival and is currently awaiting release in France), Between Two Worlds by Emmanuel Carrère and three comedies shot in the second half of 2020: Barbaque by Fabrice Eboué, Super héros malgré lui by Philippe Lacheau and Adieu Paris! by Édouard Baer (starring Belgian actors Benoît Poelvoorde and François Damiens).

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(Translated from French)

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