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A freezing year for Samuel Collardey in Une année polaire

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- In January, the filmmaker will head to Greenland to kick off the shoot for an eye-opening documentary, produced by Geko Films and sold by Kinology

A freezing year for Samuel Collardey in Une année polaire
Director Samuel Collardey

Following The Learner [+see also:
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(which was victorious in the Venice Critics’ Week and scooped the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2008), Little Lion [+see also:
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(nominated for the Lumière Award for Best Debut Fiction Film in 2014) and Land Legs [+see also:
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(singled out with the Best Actor Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, in the Horizons section), Samuel Collardey will begin the shoot for his fourth feature, A Polar Year [+see also:
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, in January.

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Regularly treading the thin line between documentary and fiction, this time the filmmaker will “officially” be working with the former genre (as was the case with The Learner) as he places his camera at the heart of a small village of 80 inhabitants in Greenland, following the story of a Danish primary-school teacher who is taking up his first job in this community of hunters and fishermen, which is cut off from the rest of the world for ten months of the year.

Produced by Grégoire Debailly (who has been a partner on all of Samuel Collardey’s features) for Geko Films, Une année polaire has a budget of around €2 million, which includes an advance on receipts from the CNC and backing from the Manon and La Banque Postale Image Soficas. The shoot will take place from January to June. Distribution in French theatres will be handled by Ad Vitam, while the international sales are being overseen by Kinology.

For the record, Geko Films has also produced Gente de bien [+see also:
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by Franco Lolli (in competition in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2014) and Of Women and Horses [+see also:
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by Patricia Mazuy (revealed on the Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2011).

(Translated from French)

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