End of shooting in sight for Let's Dance
by Fabien Lemercier
- The first feature film by stage director Ladislas Chollat was produced by Federation Entertainment, Empreinte Cinéma and Pathé Films
Filming on Let's Dance – which started on April 16 and is the first feature film by Ladislas Chollat (well-known in the world of theatre and previously nominated for a Molière for best stage director in 2014, 2015 and 2018) – is on the home stretch.The film’s cast includes Rayane Bensetti (winner of Dance avec les stars in 2014 and noticed for his performance in La finale), Alexia Giordano (who starred in Le 15h17 pour Paris and who is soon to star in Curiosa), Guillaume de Tonquédec (nominated for a César in 2013 for Best Supporting Actor in Le prénom, and well-received recently in Coexister [+see also:
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Written by the director with Joris Morio, the screenplay focuses on Joseph, a hip-hop dancer who refuses to work for his father's business, trying his luck in Paris instead. He joins a Parisian dance troupe run by a famous break dancer, Youri, along with his girlfriend Emma and his best friend Karim, in order to try to win an international hip-hop competition. But on selection day, nothing goes as planned. Joseph is betrayed by Emma and Yuri and the group implodes. Picked up by Remi, a former dancer turned teacher, Joseph discovers the world of classical dance and meets the brilliant Chloe, in preparation for the New York City Ballet Entrance Competition. Thanks to this meeting, which results in an unexpected alliance between hip-hop and classical dance, Joseph will find his own as a dancer and leader and become an artist.
Produced by Lionel Uzan for Federation Entertainment, Raphaël Rocher for Empreinte Cinéma and by Pathé Films (who will be managing the film’s French distribution and international sales), Let's Dance has been pre-purchased by OCS and M6 and involved eight weeks of filming in Paris. It’s worth noting that Marion Motin worked on the film’s choreography.
For the record, this is Federation Entertainment’s first dip into the world of film, with TV series such as Le Bureau des Légendes and Marseille to its name. For his part, Raphael Rocher hasproduced Enchantées [+see also:
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(Translated from French)
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