Vincent Lacoste to star in Le jour de gloire
by Fabien Lemercier
- The actor will be playing the lead role in Antoine de Bary’s debut film. Noée Abita also stars in the cast. An Iconoclast Films production
Noticed for his debut short film L’enfance d’un chef (Canal+ Award in the Cannes Critics' Week in 2016, a special mention for Best Debut Short Film at Clermont-Ferrand in 2017, and recently selected to showcase his film at MyFrenchFilm Festival), Antoine de Bary has been filming his debut feature film, Le jour de gloire (Lit. "Day of Glory") since the end of February (the film also goes by the titles L’enfant roi and Le déserteur).
The director has cast Vincent Lacoste in the leading role (nominated for a César in 2010 for Best Actor in Hippocrate, a César in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor in Victoria [+see also:
interview: Justine Triet
film profile] and a César in 2010 for Most Promising Performance in The French Kissers [+see also:
film profile], also due to hit our screens soon in Premieère année by Thomas Lilti, Sorry Angel [+see also:
Q&A: Christophe Honoré
film profile] by Christophe Honoré, Amanda by Mikhaël Hers and Deux fils by Felix Moati). The cast also includes the young Noah Abita (revealed last year on the Croisette in Ava [+see also:
interview: Léa Mysius
film profile] and due to hit our cinemas in autumn in Le Grand Bain).
Written by the director along with Elias Belkeddar, the plot is aninverted narrative of a young man's transition to adulthood, resulting in the collapse of his success. Adrien, an actor in his twenties, enjoyed fame, work and money before maturing into an adult. However, everything ground to a halt a long time ago and things are slowly going wrong. When overdue taxes catch up with him, he is forced to move back in with his parents, before falling in love with a very young girl despite no longer being able get it up.
Selected for the Next Step 2016 programme in the Cannes Critics' Week, the project wasdescribed as "an existential comedy, a drama that injects humor into characters that are mediocre and endearing," "a willingness to approach manhood, a nostalgia for childhood and disapproval with great compassion."
Produced by Mourad Belkeddar, Nicolas Lhermitte, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, Jean Duhamel and Elias Belkeddar for Iconoclast Films, Le jour de gloire has received an advance on earnings from the CNC and was pre-purchased by Canal+. Filming will take place until the end of April in Paris and the surrounding area.
Iconoclast Films produced Mister Freeze [+see also:
interview: Romain Gavras
film profile] by Romain Gavras, which is currently in post-production (read the article here). The Parisian company has also produced debut feature films in co-production such as Wrong [+see also:
film profile] by Quentin Dupieux (discovered at Sundance in 2012), Mad Love in New York by Ben and Joshua Safdie (discovered in the Horizons section at Venice in 2014), La Résistance de l’air [+see also:
film profile] by Fred Grivois (2015) and Dom Juan [+see also:
interview: Vincent Macaigne
film profile] by Vincent Macaigne (Cinéastes du Présent at Locarno in 2015).
(Translated from French)
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