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Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People's Children will compete in Venice

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- Virginie Efira, Roschdy Zem, Chiara Mastroianni and Callie Ferreira-Goncalves all star in the cast of this Les Films Velvet production sold by Wild Bunch International

Rebecca Zlotowski’s Other People's Children will compete in Venice
Virginie Efira and Callie Ferreira-Goncalves in Other People's Children

Rebecca Zlotowski is finally scaling the heights of major international film festivals with her 5th feature film, Other People's Children [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
, which is set to be unveiled in competition at the 79th Venice International Film Festival (running 31 August to 10 September). For the record, the French filmmaker has previously graced the Cannes showcase three times (Belle épine [+see also:
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in Critics’ Week 2010, Grand Central [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
in the 2013 Un Certain Regard section and An Easy Girl [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
in the 2019 Directors’ Fortnight), as well as sampling the Venetian Lido out of competition back in 2016 via Planetarium [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
(also screened in Toronto). She’s likewise responsible for the series Savages [+see also:
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interview: Souheila Yacoub
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]
(2019).

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Stealing focus in the cast of her new opus, we find Belgian actress Virginie Efira (nominated for the Best Actress César in 2017, 2019, 2021 and 2022 thanks to In Bed With Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
film profile
]
, An Impossible Love [+see also:
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trailer
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]
, Bye Bye Morons [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
and Benedetta [+see also:
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trailer
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, recently well received in Cannes in Don Juan [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Serge Bozon
film profile
]
and Paris Memories [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile
]
, and whom we’ll be seeing next year in L’Amour et les forêts), Roschdy Zem (who walked away with a César and a Lumières award in 2020’s Best Actor category for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
, as well as an acting trophy from Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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]
; also at his best in last year’s Undercover [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Thierry de Peretti
film profile
]
), Chiara Mastroianni (recently nominated for 2020’s Best Actress César and the Un Certain Regard section’s 2019 acting award, courtesy of On A Magical Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christophe Honoré
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]
) and young Callie Ferreira-Goncalves. They’re further joined by Yamée Couture, Henri-Noël Tabary, Victor Lefebvre, Sébastien Pouderoux, Michel Zlotowski, Antonia Buresi, Marlène Saldana, Anne Berest, Marwen Okbi, Mireille Perrier and US filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.

Written by the director, the story revolves around Rachel who is 40 years old and has no children. She loves her life: her high school pupils, her friends, her exes, her guitar lessons… When she falls in love with Ali, she forms an attachment with Leila, Ali’s four-year-old daughter. She tucks her up in bed, looks after her and loves her as if she were her own. But loving other people’s children is a risky business…

Other People's Children is produced by Frédéric Jouve on behalf of Les Films Velvet, in co-production with France 3 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature film also benefits from a CNC advance on receipts, as well as support from the SOFICA companies Indéfilms, Cinécap and Cineventure. Photography comes courtesy of Georges Lechaptois while the film’s music is composed by ROB. Ad Vitam will manage the movie’s release in France on 21 September, with sales in the hands of Wild Bunch International.

For the record, Les Films Velvet won an award in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in May by way of Lise Akoka and Romane Gueret’s The Worst Ones [+see also:
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interview: Romane Gueret and Lise Akoka
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]
(to be released in France on 30 November) and are set to release Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma’s Year of the Shark [+see also:
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interview: Ludovic and Zoran Boukherma
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]
in cinemas next week (produced alongside Baxter Films, much like the two post-production titles L’appel du devoir by Hugo P Thomas – read our article - and Les Survivants by Guillaume Renusson - news).

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(Translated from French)

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