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"Turn over" for Le Concile de Pierre

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The crew of i>Concile de Pierre [+see also:
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has just completed the first of two weeks shooting in Mongolia. Led by Monica Bellucci, the cast for the 4th feature by Guillaume Nicloux include notably Catherine Deneuve, Elsa Zylberstein, Sami Bouajila, German comedian Moritz Bleibtreu and the Italian Lorenzo Balducci. Adapted by the director and Stéphane Cabel (screenwriter of Pacte des loups), the novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé (Les rivières pourpres, L’Empire des loups) follows the misadventures of Diane Siprien (Monica Bellucci), a scientist specializing in the behaviour of predatory animals and a martial arts champion. Having adopted a five year old Thai child, she begins to make strong connections with him then a car accident two years later leaves him clinically dead. Miraculously cured, he is then abducted. Making her own inquiry to discover the child’s true origins and the exact cause of the accident, Diane will uncover a murderous plot that will lead her to Mongolia.

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European co-production bring together the French at UGC YM, the Germans from Integral Film and the Italians at Rai Cinema, Le Concile de Pierre had a budget of around 20 million euros, including 260 000 euros (80% UGC , 20% Integral) as part of the French-German co-production mini-treaty, presales from Canal + and from TF1 Films Productions (also co-producer). The two week shoot in Mongolia visits the Gandantegchinlen monastery, in Sukhbaatar Square and the Terelj national park, then the team heads off to Paris for the rest of the filming which should finish on the 23rd of December. Sold by UGC International, the film achieved numerous presales beginning at Cannes, among them Spain (DeA Planeta), Benelux (Les Films de L'Elysée), Switzerland (JMH Distribution), Greece (Spentzos Film), Brazil, Russia, Turkey, the USA (SPI International while the subsidiaries in Hungary, Slovakia and Poland will handle the local releases), Czech republic (Bioscop) and Italy (01 Distribution through the co-production with Rai Cinema). Excellent results which UGC International hope to improve on at the beginning of November at the AFM.

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