EXCLUSIVE: Karin Viard leads a very special investigation in Magnificat
- The actress shares the limelight with François Berléand in Virginie Sauveur’s first feature - produced by Move Movie and sold by Orange Studio - which is soon to wrap filming
Having kicked off on 21 October, tomorrow will mark the final day of filming on Virginie Sauveur’s first feature-length movie Magnificat. Karin Viard’s name dazzles in the cast (awarded the Best Actress trophy at the Césars in 2000 and the Best Supporting Actress prize in 2003 and 2019, as well as various other nominations; recently well-received in Appearances [+see also:
film profile] and hitting cinemas next year in Le déhanché d’Elvis, Une mère, Sage homme and Madame de Sévigné), alongside that of François Berléand (nominated for 2003’s Best Actor César, the winner of the year 2000’s Best Supporting Actor César, recently seen in How To Be A Good Wife [+see also:
film profile] and Hear Me Out [+see also:
film profile], and hitting cinemas in 2022, notably via Last Dance).
Loosely adapted by Virginie Sauveur and Nicolas Silhol (Corporate [+see also:
interview: Nicolas Silhol
film profile]) from Anne-Isabelle Lacassagne’s novel Des femmes en noir, the story begins when an old priest passes away and those in charge of his diocese discover that he was actually a woman. She had carried out her vocation for years without anyone suspecting a thing. Appalled, the bishop decides to launch an investigation and puts his chancellor in charge of finding out how, why and with what complicity such deception was possible…
Produced by Bruno Lévy on behalf of Move Movie with co-production outsourced to Terence Films, Magnificat has been pre-purchased by OCS and benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as support from the Ile-de-France region (where almost all of the film was shot, apart from a brief foray into the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, with Noémie Gillot at the wheel of photography). Distribution in France and international sales will both be steered by Orange Studio.
For the record, other works in post-production with Move Movie include Tom by Fabienne Berthaud (produced with Rhamsa Production – read our news), Le torrent by Anne Le Ny and Le médecin imaginaire by Ahmed Hamidi (to be released in France on 27 April 2022).
(Translated from French)
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