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Lucas Belvaux dirige Gérard Depardieu in Des hommes

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Lucas Belvaux dirige Gérard Depardieu in Des hommes
Il regista Lucas Belvaux e l'attore Gérard Depardieu

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Lucas Belvaux is gearing up to begin the shoot for his new film, Des hommes (lit. “Of Men”), which is a fresh exploration of the heart of contemporary French history and the scars left by the Algerian War. The movie will star Gérard DepardieuCatherine Frot and Jean-Pierre Darroussin.

This is the second time that French novelist Laurent Mauvignier has had one of his works adapted by a Belgian director, following the January release of Keep Going [+leggi anche:
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 by Joachim LafosseDes hommes explores the wall of silence surrounding the so-called “years of lead” that the Algerian War represented for France and its people. In it, we follow several former soldiers who were deployed on the front line for two years, and who, ever since their return to France, have stayed quiet about their experience. Forty years later, their past catches up with them, and they will have to confront this particular chapter in world history and their own life stories.

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After homing in on the issue of National Front voting in This Is Our Land [+leggi anche:
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, Belvaux now ponders this founding era in French history, which is nonetheless seldom fictionalised. Flanking Gérard Depardieu are two thesps who previously acted for Belvaux in his An Amazing Couple [+leggi anche:
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 – On the Run [+leggi anche:
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 – After Life [+leggi anche:
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 trilogy in 2001, Catherine Frot and Jean-Pierre Darroussin. And playing the role of young Depardieu is up-and-coming Belgian actor Yoann Zimmer (Savage [+leggi anche:
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The Unknown Girl [+leggi anche:
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).

The filmmaker will be accompanied for the first time by DoP Guillaume Deffontaines, who regularly partners up with Bruno Dumont and won the César Award for Best Cinematography for Slack Bay [+leggi anche:
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 in 2017, and will entrust the editing of the film to Belgium’s Ludo Troch, with whom he previously worked on On the RunThe Right of the Weakest [+leggi anche:
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Not My Type [+leggi anche:
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 and This Is Our Land.

The film, principal photography for which will start on 4 April in the Morvan and Morocco, is being produced in France by David Frenkel for Synecdoche and by Patrick Quinet for Belgian outfit Artemis Productions. It will be distributed by Ad Vitam in France and is being sold overseas by Doc & FilmFrance 3 Cinéma is also on board as a co-producer, with backing from Canal+Ciné+France Télévisions, the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, the CNC, the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation and Eurimages.

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