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Investigation among the madmen for Boukhrief, Dussollier and Canet

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After his striking Cash Truck (2004), Nicolas Boukhrief is to begin principal photography on his fourth feature, Cortex (working title) in the Ile de France on November 9.

Produced by Sylvie Pialat for Les Films du Worso, this psychological thriller – starring André Dussollier, Guillaume Canet and Pascal Elbé – recounts the trials and tribulations of a police officer (Dussollier) suffering from memory loss who is carrying out an investigation in the mental asylum where he is hospitalised.

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Co-scripted by the director and Frédérique Moreau (Patrick Grandperret’s Murderers [+see also:
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and Serge Le Péron’s I Saw Ben Barka Get Killed), further details of the story are still under wraps. What is sure, however, is that Canet will play Dussollier’s son and Elbé will play the director of the mental institution.

Co-scriptwriter on Mathieu Kassovitz’s Assassin(s) (1997) and Christophe Gans’ Silent Hill [+see also:
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(2006), former journalist Boukhrief directed his first feature, Va mourir (lit. “Go and Die”), in 1995, followed by Pleasure (And Its Little Inconveniences) (starring Vincent Cassel) and Cash Truck (with Albert Dupontel and Jean Dujardin), which garnered 480,000 admissions in France.

Shooting on Cortex is to last nine weeks in the Ile de France region, who is backing the film along with Canal +, CinéCinéma, France 3 Cinéma (pre-sales and co-production) and FTD Vidéo. The film’s theatrical release through Pan Européenne is scheduled for autumn 2007.

International sales are being handled by Films Distribution.

Les Films du Worso are also preparing the November 29 release (dist. Gaumont Columbia TriStar) of La Faute à Fidel by Julie Gavras, starring Italian actor Stefano Accorsi and Julie Depardieu (see news).

The production outfit, run by Sylvie Pialat, will finish shooting on Sébastien Betbeder’s Nuage (lit. “Cloud”) on October 6. The film marks the directorial debut of the young helmer, with whom the producer has previously worked on the short Les Mains d'Andréa (lit. “Andrea’s Hands”), screened this summer at Locarno.

Starring Nathalie Boutefeu (Pale Eyes [+see also:
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, see interview) and Aurore Clément, Nuage, which has been pre-sold to Canal + and CinéCinéma, is being sold internationally by Wide Management.

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(Translated from French)

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