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Smiley: "Homo Digitalis on the verge of a nervous breakdown"

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- This sketch film revolving around new technologies is being directed by Tristan Aurouet, Thomas Bidegain, Marc Fitoussi, Cyril Gelblat and Vianney Lebasque

Smiley: "Homo Digitalis on the verge of a nervous breakdown"
A photo taken during the shoot for Smiley

The sketch film, a genre that is not often explored in contemporary French cinema (although we could cite a couple of recent examples, such as Je suis partout and The Players [+see also:
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), will see a new prototype hitting screens in the first half of 2019, in the guise of Smiley, shooting for which kicked off on 4 June.

Five directors have been roped in to direct the five different segments: Tristan Aurouet (who rose to fame with The Secret Adventures of Gustav Klopp), Thomas Bidegain (who took part in the 2015 Directors’ Fortnight with Cowboys [+see also:
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), Marc Fitoussi (Copacabana [+see also:
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Pauline détective [+see also:
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), Cyril Gelblat (Les murs porteurs [+see also:
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Dad in Training [+see also:
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) and Vianney Lebasque (Les Petits Princes [+see also:
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 and Les Beaux Esprits, which will be screened at Locarno as the opening film of the Piazza Grande).

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The cast includes Finnegan Oldfield (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for Cowboys and Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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, also popular in Nocturama [+see also:
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 and Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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), Max Boublil (Let the Girls Play [+see also:
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The New Kid [+see also:
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interview: Rudi Rosenberg
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), Elsa Zylberstein (César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2009 for I’ve Loved You So Long [+see also:
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), Manu Payet (currently gracing screens in Budapest [+see also:
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), Idir Chender (Carbon [+see also:
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Paul Sanchez Is Back! [+see also:
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), seasoned thesp Sam Karmann (seen recently in Back in Business [+see also:
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 and C’est la vie! [+see also:
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), Marc Fraize (on the cinema listings in Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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), famous comedian Blanche GardinAnne Benoît (Step by Step [+see also:
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), Maxence Tual (Apnée [+see also:
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), Esteban (Just to Be Sure [+see also:
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), Alma Jodorowsky (The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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), Sébastien Chassagne ((Girl)Friend [+see also:
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), Julia Piaton (Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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), Thomas de Pourquery (Struggle for Life [+see also:
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), HarounMariama Gueye (The Climb [+see also:
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) and Fanny Sidney (the series Call My Agent!).

Five screenwriters have been partnered up with the five directors. They are, respectively, Giulio CallegariNoé Débré (nominated for the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2016 for Dheepan [+see also:
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
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), Hélène LombardJulien Sibony (Secrets of State [+see also:
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) and Bertrand Soulier. The story hinges on the idea that in a world where digital technology has invaded every aspect of our lives, some of us end up simply giving in. Whether you’re an addict or a technophobe, at home with the family or at school, at work or in a romantic relationship, Smiley sketches out the hilarious and brutal destinies of Homo Digitalis on the verge of a nervous breakdown… 

Produced by Julien Sibony and Adrien Desanges for Mandoline Films and by Chez Georges Productions, Smiley is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. The movie, which has also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, will be distributed in France by Apollo Films.

(Translated from French)

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