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Shooting to commence on Les Héros ne meurent jamais

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- Adèle Haenel and Jonathan Couzinié star in Aude Léa Rapin's first feature. A Les Films du Worso production sold by Le Pacte

Shooting to commence on Les Héros ne meurent jamais
Actors Adèle Haenel and Jonathan Couzinié

Filming is due to commence on on Monday, 2 July on Aude Léa Rapin's first feature, Les Héros ne meurent jamais (lit. "Heroes Never Die"). Well-known for her short films such as Que vive l’Empereur (in competition at Locarno in 2016 and out of competition at Rotterdam in 2017), Ton coeur au hasard (three distinctions at Clermont-Ferrand in 2015, including the national competition’s Grand Prix) and La Météo des plages (in national competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2014), Rapin has cast Adèle Haenel (winner of a César award in 2015 for Best Actress in Love At First Fight [+see also:
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and a César in 2014 Best Supporting Actress in Suzanne [+see also:
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, also appreciated in Orphan [+see also:
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, The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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, Ogres [+see also:
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, BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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and more recently in The Trouble With You [+see also:
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), Jonathan Couzinié (To the Ends of the World [+see also:
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, [+see also:
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Treat Me Like Fire [+see also:
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, Raising Colors [+see also:
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), Antonia Buresi (Summertime [+see also:
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, Planetarium [+see also:
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), Bosnian actor Damir Kustura (On The Path [+see also:
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) and fellow Bosnian-born actress Hasija Boric (Grbavica [+see also:
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).

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Written by Aude Léa Rapin in collaboration with Jonathan Couzinié, the screenplay focuses on Joachim, an actor, and Alice, a director in the making. One morning, a tramp mistakes Joachim for a criminal called Zoran who died on 21 August 1983, the day of Joachim's birth... The two friends soon become obsessed with the coincidence and it develops into the perfect starting point for a film. They decide to go in search of Zoran's grave, a quest that will take them to the Balkans, an area haunted by the ghosts of war. While directing their film about reincarnation, Alice grants Joachim his last wishes. His heart is fragile, his life hanging on a thread, and Alice is about to make him immortal forever.

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso, Les Héros ne meurent jamais has a €1,000,000 budget. Co-produced by delegate Clément Miserez for Radar Films, the feature film was also co-produced by the Belgian outfit Scope Pictures and the Bosnian outfit SSCA/PRO.BA. Pre-purchased by Ciné+, the film has received financial support from Sofica Cinecap, Cineventure and Arte/Cofinova. The five weeks of filming will end on 7 August and will include two days in Paris and 23 days in Bosnia with Paul Guilhaume (Ava [+see also:
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) on board as director of photography. Le Pacte will be driving French distribution and international sales.

For the record, Les Films du Worso screened the excellent film To the Ends of the World by Guillaume Nicloux at the Directors' Fortnight at Cannes (which is due to be released in France in December) and have also previously produced Joyeux Anniversaire by Cédric Kahn (read the article here), whose previous film – The Prayer [+see also:
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(winner of the Best Actor Award at Berlin in February) – they also produced. They also helped produce the co-production Continuer by the Belgian director Joachim Lafosse (read the article here) and Gomera by Roumain Corneliu Porumboiu (read the article here), both of which are currently in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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