Dany Boon rejoins the northern fold in La ch’tite famille
by Fabien Lemercier
- The actor-director, who regularly manages to top the box office, is about to wrap the shoot for his sixth feature, produced and distributed by Pathé
La ch’tite famille [+see also:
film profile] by Dany Boon has been shooting since 6 June and has now entered the home stretch, as principal photography is slated to wrap on 11 August. For his sixth feature-length directorial effort, Boon is rejoining the northern fold that propelled him to the dizzy heights of stardom in 2008 with Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
film profile] (which drew in 20.48 million viewers in France, also racked up impressive figures abroad, spawned a winning remake in Italy and earned a nomination for the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2009). This subsequently made him a surefire hit at the box office (Nothing to Declare [+see also:
film profile] took 8.1 million admissions in France in 2011, Superchondriac [+see also:
film profile] racked up 5.2 million admissions in 2014 and Raid Dingue [+see also:
film profile] shifted 4.5 million tickets this year).
The filmmaker once again plays the lead role in his new comedy, and he is flanked by Line Renaud (assuming the role of Boon’s mother, as she did in Welcome to the Sticks), Valérie Bonneton (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for Little White Lies [+see also:
film profile]), Laurence Arné (Penny Pincher! [+see also:
film profile]), Guy Lecluyse (who was also involved in the Welcome to the Sticks adventure), François Berléand (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2003 and for the César for Best Supporting Actor in 2000 and 2005) and Pierre Richard (Honorary César Award in 2006 and Honorary Magritte Award in 2015; popular recently in Mr Stein Goes Online [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
Written by Dany Boon and Sarah Kaminsky, the story revolves around Valentin D, a hot designer architect who claims to be an orphan because he is too ashamed to admit he is the son of working-class scrap metal merchants from the north of France. Only his partner, the unbelievably snobbish Constance Brandt, is in on the secret. Right in the middle of the preview for their retrospective at the Palais de Tokyo, his family shows up unannounced from the north of France, with his brother Gustave, his sister-in-law Louloute and, to cap it all, his mother Suzanne, who is convinced she is coming along for her surprise 80th birthday party. This reunion looks set to be truly unforgettable.
Executive-produced by Pathé Production and Les Productions du Ch'timi, La ch’tite famille is being co-produced by TF1 Films Production and can boast the support of Pictanovo. Pathé, which will take care of the French theatrical release on 28 February next year, is also in charge of the international sales, which kicked off at the Cannes Film Market.
(Translated from French)
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