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Filming kicks off for Anne Fontaine’s Pure as Snow

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- The cast includes Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Huppert, Vincent Macaigne, Damien Bonnard, Jonathan Cohen, Pablo Pauly, Benoît Poelvoorde and Charles Berling

Filming kicks off for Anne Fontaine’s Pure as Snow
Actresses Lou de Laâge and Isabelle Huppert

The first clapperboard slammed yesterday for Pure as Snow, the 16th feature by Anne Fontaine, which will revisit the famous Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White.

The cast includes Lou de Laâge (a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2016, nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2014 and in 2015 for Jappeloup [+see also:
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 and Breathe [+see also:
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, also popular in Agnus Dei [+see also:
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 and The Wait [+see also:
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), Isabelle Huppert (Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1978 and 2001, at Berlin in 2002 and at Venice in 1988 and 1995, Golden Globe for Best Actress in 2017 and Oscar-nominated for Elle [+see also:
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, set to grace screens soon in The Widow and Une jeunesse dorée), Vincent Macaigne (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2018 for C’est la vie! [+see also:
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, for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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 and for the Lumières Award for Best Actor in 2016 for Les Deux Amis [+see also:
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, hitting screens in the latter half of the year in Non Fiction) and Damien Bonnard (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2017 and winner of the Lumières Award for Best New Actor for Staying Vertical [+see also:
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).

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Also involved are Jonathan Cohen (popular recently in (Girl)Friend [+see also:
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 and CoeXister [+see also:
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, in theatres from July in Budapest and who has just finished filming Enorme), Pablo Pauly (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2018 for Step by Step [+see also:
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 and hitting screens imminently in Marche ou crève), Belgium’s Benoît Poelvoorde (Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2014 for A Place on Earth [+see also:
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, and nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2015; also nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2005 and 2006; soon to appear in Au poste), Charles Berling (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2001, appearing this year in movies such as Une histoire de l’art and All That You Know) and Canada’s Richard Fréchette

Written by the director herself together with Pascal Bonitzer, the story revolves around Claire, a beautiful young woman who works at her late father's hotel, which is now managed by her evil stepmother, Maud. Claire unwittingly sparks uncontrollable jealousy in Maud, whose young lover has fallen in love with Claire. Maud decides to get rid of Claire, who finds shelter on a farm where she is allowed to break free from her strict upbringing through encounters with seven "princes".

Having risen to prominence in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 1993 with Les histoires d'amour finissent mal... en général, Anne Fontaine was subsequently selected on the Croisette on two further occasions (Augustin in Un Certain Regard in 1995 and Oh La La! [+see also:
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 out of competition in 2006). She has also been in competition at Venice (Dry Cleaning, Best Screenplay Award in 1997), Locarno (How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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 in 2001) and San Sebastián (In His Hands [+see also:
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 in 2005). Among her other films, we could highlight Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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 (2009), Adore [+see also:
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 (2013), Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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 (2014), Agnus Dei (Sundance 2016) and Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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 (Orizzonti at Venice last year).

Pure as Snow, which is being produced by Nicolas and Eric Altmayer for Mandarin Production and by Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@, has secured a co-production by France 3 Cinéma and a pre-purchase by Canal+. The eight-week shoot will take place in Paris, followed by Lyon and the Vercors Massif, until 25 May, with Yves Angelo serving as DoP. The French distribution will be handled by Gaumont; the firm is also overseeing the international sales, which got off to a flying start at Berlin this year.

(Translated from French)

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