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François Cluzet to star in The Red Collar

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- The French actor is back with Nicolas Duvauchelle and Sophie Verbeeck in the latest film by Jean Becker, an adaptation of the book by Jean-Christophe Rufin

François Cluzet to star in The Red Collar
Actor François Cluzet

Filming for the 15th feature film by Jean Becker, The Red Collar [+see also:
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, has entered the home stretch, and will wrap on 12 July in Montbron, in the department of Charente. The director’s filmography most notably includes One Deadly Summer (shown in competition at Cannes in 1983 and the winner of four César awards in 1984), Elisa (which received three nominations for and won one César in 1996), The Children of the Marshland (five nominations at the César awards in 2000), Conversation with my Gardener [+see also:
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(1.3 million admissions in France – nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2008), Love Me No More [+see also:
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(1 million admissions in France and three nominations for the César awards in 2009) and My Afternoons with Margueritte [+see also:
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(1.27 million admissions in 2010).

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The cast for his latest opus features François Cluzet (who won the César for Best Actor for Tell No One [+see also:
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in 2007 and has been nominated a total of six times in the same category, winning the award again in 2012 for his performance in Untouchable [+see also:
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and in 2017 for Irreplaceable [+see also:
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), Nicolas Duvauchelle (who was nominated for the César and Lumière awards for Best Actor in 2017 for A Decent Man [+see also:
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, and was nominated for the César for Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
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), and Sophie Verbeeck (who was nominated for the César for Most Promising Actress in 2016 for All About Them [+see also:
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).

An adaptation by Jean Becker and Jean-Christophe Rufin of the book of the same name by the latter, the screenplay (which friend Jean-Loup Dabadie also had a hand in) is set in a small town brought to its knees by the summer heat of 1919. A war hero is being held prisoner in a deserted barracks. In front of his door, his scruffy dog barks day and night. Not far from there, in the countryside, a young woman, weary from working the land yet too well-educated to be a simple peasant, waits and hopes. The judge who arrives to sort out this case is an aristocrat whose principles have been wobbled by the war. Three characters and a dog, who holds the key to the entire plot… 

Produced by Louis Becker and Claire Maillard for Ice3, The Red Collar is being co-produced by KJB and France 3 Cinéma. Also pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is notably being supported by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the department of Charente. Filming kicked off on 23 May in the Paris region and moved to Charente on 12 June. The film will be released in France by La Belle Company, whilst international sales are being handled by France TV Distribution.

(Translated from French)

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