John Shank and Anna Falguères shooting Pompéi
by Aurore Engelen
- John Shank (Last Winter) and Anna Falguères have just begun principal photography on the Garance Marillier, Aliocha Schneider and Vincent Rottiers starrer
Under the blazing Provence sun, the shoot has just kicked off for the second feature by Belgian-based US filmmaker John Shank, Pompéi, a film he has written and is co-directing with Anna Falguères.
Shank rose to prominence in 2011 with his feature debut, Last Winter [+see also:
interview: John Shank
film profile], an acerbic and profoundly rural movie about the downfall of a young man who is swallowed up by a farm that he has inherited from his father. The cast of that film, produced by Tarantula, included actor Vincent Rottiers, flanked by Anaïs Demoustier, Florence Loiret Caille, Michel Subor and Aurore Clément. As for Anna Falguères, she is more widely known for her work as a production designer, most notably on movies such as Loving Without Reason [+see also:
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile] by Joachim Lafosse, Suzanne [+see also:
interview: Katell Quillévéré
film profile] by Katell Quillévéré and Things to Come [+see also:
Q&A: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile] by Mia Hansen-Love. This will be the directorial debut for Falguères, who is also a photographer.
Pompéi follows the fortunes of Victor and his little brother Jimmy, who manage to get by in an environment where their romantic misfortunes seem to be never-ending. The arrival of Billie and her unbridled romanticism shake both of the boys’ beliefs to the core.
The cast of the film includes Vincent Rottiers, whom the director knows well, and who is set to grace screens soon in Angel [+see also:
film profile] by Koen Mortier and in Sauver ou périr by Frédéric Tellier (also starring Pierre Niney and Anaïs Demoustier), Franco-Canadian musician and actor Aliocha Schneider, and Garance Marillier, the real revelation of the film Raw [+see also:
interview: Julia Ducournau
The movie, filming for which began at the end of last week and will continue until the end of September in the South of France, is being produced by Tarantula in Belgium, which staged Shank’s debut film. It is being co-produced by Good Fortune Film in France and micro-scope in Canada.
(Translated from French)
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