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Filming is imminent on Caroline Vignal’s Iris et les hommes

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- The director of My Donkey, My Lover & I is once again casting Laure Calamy up front in this Chapka Films and La Filmerie production, set to be sold by Playtime

Filming is imminent on Caroline Vignal’s Iris et les hommes
Actress Laure Calamy (© Georges Biard)

The first clapperboard is set to slam on 5 October for Iris et les hommes, the third feature film by Caroline Vignal who was revealed in Cannes’ Critics’ Week back in 2000 via Other Girls and confirmed via My Donkey, My Lover & I [+see also:
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(which graced Cannes’ Official Selection in 2020, garnering upwards of 760,000 admissions in France at the height of the pandemic and eight César nominations in 2021, notably in the categories of Best Film and Best Screenplay).

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The director is once again entrusting a lead role to Laure Calamy (awarded the 2021 Best Actress César and Lumières trophies for My Donkey, My Lover & I, nominated in the same category at the 2022 Césars for Her Way [+see also:
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, very well-received recently in Full Time [+see also:
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, which won her a Best Performance prize in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up, and hitting cinemas on 5 October in The Origin of Evil [+see also:
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and on 30 November in Angry Annie [+see also:
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), an actress made famous the world over by her role in the series Call My Agent!, who is joined at the head of the cast by Vincent Elbaz (nominated for the Best New Hope César in 1998, likewise at his best in last year’s Mystère [+see also:
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).

Written by Caroline Vignal and Noémie de Lapparent, the story revolves around Iris who replies "They aren’t" to her osteopath when he asks her how things are going with her husband. This confession slips out, taking Iris by surprise, and rocking her like a brutal awakening: how long has it been since she made love? But everything is fine: Iris has a seemingly flawless husband, two wonderful daughters, a dental practice with a relentless stream of customers, a nice apartment in an area she loves, friends who understand her... And she’ll soon be 50. And then a stranger plants a seed in her head: "Take a lover". Iris open Pandora’s box and candidates emerge as if from nowhere – as if it were raining men.

Iris et les hommes is produced by Laetitia Galitzine on behalf of Chapka Films and by Aurélie Rouvière for La Filmerie (a duo who previously joined forces on My Donkey, My Lover and I), in co-production with France 3 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by France Télévisions, Canal+ and Ciné+, shooting on the feature film will last 35 days (from 5 October to 25 November), unfolding in Paris and the Ile-de-France region, with Martin Roux at the wheel of photography. Distribution in French cinemas will be steered by Diaphana and international sales by Playtime.

For the record, Chapka Films are due to release In a Better World [+see also:
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by Émilie Frèche (starring Benjamin Lavernhe, Julia Piaton and Bruno Todeschini au casting) in French cinemas on 16 November and are currently overseeing post-production on Julien Rigoulot’s Petit Jésus (read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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