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Lucie Borleteau filming Chanson douce

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- Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti and Antoine Reinartz are among the cast of this adaptation of the Leila Slimani novel Lullaby, which is being staged by Why Not and Pan Européenne

Lucie Borleteau filming Chanson douce
Actors Karin Viard, Leïla Bekhti and Antoine Reinartz

Since 21 May, Lucie Borleteau has been in Paris shooting Chanson douce (lit. “Lullaby”), her second feature film, following the high-profile Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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(nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2015, Best Actress Award at Locarno in 2014). The filmmaker, who also has the series Cannabis under her belt, has assembled a cast including Karin Viard (César Award for Best Actress in 2000, and nominated in 2005, 2012, 2015 for The Bélier Family [+see also:
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 and 2018 for Jalouse [+see also:
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; popular at Cannes recently in Little Tickles [+see also:
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; hitting screens in October in Voyez comme on danse), Leïla Bekhti (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2011 for All That Glitters [+see also:
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, nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2012 for The Source [+see also:
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, giving a strong performance on the Croisette this year in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens in the latter half of the year in Un homme pressé and La Lutte des classes) and Antoine Reinartz (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2018 for BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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; after this, he will go on to star in Arnaud Desplechin’s Roubaix, a Light).

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In the screenplay, which was adapted from Leïla Slimani’s novel of the same name (winner of the Prix Goncourt in 2016) by the director and Jérémie Elkaïm, Myriam, the mother of two young children, decides to go back to work at a law firm despite her husband's reservations, and the couple sets about looking for a nanny. After a string of thorough and demanding interviews, they hire Louise, who very quickly wins the children’s affection and gradually starts to occupy a key place in the family home. Little by little, they fall into the trap of mutual dependence, until tragedy strikes…

Produced by Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat for Why Not Productions, and by Philippe Godeau and Nathalie Gastaldo Godeau for Pan-EuropéenneChanson douce is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and secured backing from the Cinémage Sofica, the feature is being shot in Paris over a nine-week period. The French distribution and international sales details will be announced at a later date. 

As a reminder, Why Not, which has The Sisters Brothers [+see also:
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 by Jacques Audiard and Black Snake, la légende du serpent noir by Thomas Ngijol and Karole Rocher in post-production, will unveil Bruno Podalydès’ Bécassine ! [+see also:
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 in June, and will kick off the shoot for Roubaix, a Light by Arnaud Desplechin this summer and that of its co-production Sorry We Missed You by the UK’s Ken Loach in the autumn. Meanwhile, Pan-Européenne currently has Raoul Taburin by Pierre Godeau and Yao by Philippe Godeau (toplined by Omar Sy) in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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