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Nicolas Vanier continues the shoot for Spread Your Wings

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- The filmmaker is wrapping a three-week tranche of shooting in Norway; the cast of this Radar Films and SND production includes Jean-Paul Rouve, Louis Vazquez and Mélanie Doutey

Nicolas Vanier continues the shoot for Spread Your Wings
Director Nicolas Vanier (© Choubruxelles)

On Friday 3 August, Nicolas Vanier will wrap his three-week shoot in Norway for Spread Your Wings, principal photography for which kicked off in France on 29 May. This will be the seventh feature by the director, who cut his teeth in the field of documentary with Au nord de l’hiver (1993), L’enfant des neiges (1995) and The Last Trapper (2.1 million admissions in France in 2004) before switching to fiction with Loup [+see also:
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 (1.19 million viewers in France in 2009), Belle et Sébastien [+see also:
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 (3 million tickets sold in France in 2013 and a very impressive run in international theatres) and L'école Buissonnière [+see also:
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 (1.88 million viewers in France at the end of 2017). For his new opus, he has assembled a cast including Jean-Paul Rouve (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2003 and nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2005 for Podium; garnering praise for his leading role in the Les Tuche [+see also:
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trilogy of comedies, also making an impression recently in C’est la vie! [+see also:
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 and Dalida [+see also:
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; set to grace screens soon in Lola et ses frères), young actor Louis Vazquez and Mélanie Doutey (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2003 and 2006, turning heads in titles such as The Connection [+see also:
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, seen at Cannes recently in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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).

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The screenplay, which was penned by Matthieu Petit and Christian Moullec, was adapted by Nicolas Vanier and Lilou Fogli, who also wrote the dialogue. It revolves around a father and son, Christian and Thomas. Christian, an ornithologist, is working on a lifelong project: he wants to teach orphaned white-fronted geese how to migrate. Using his ultralight aeroplane, he will guide them from Norway to France, along safe migration routes. Thomas is sceptical about his father’s foolhardy plans, but while he is stuck on his dad’s farm, the teenager gets to spend some time with the birds. Gradually, Thomas connects with the geese and starts to take care of them. Soon, father and son embark on the most fantastic journey…

Produced by Clément Miserez and Matthieu Warter for Radar Films together with SND, which will also oversee the French distribution and international sales, Spread Your Wings is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. The feature, which has also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and OCS, will be shot over a period of ten weeks, seven of which in France (in the Camargue, Hauts-de-France, Loir-et-Cher and Paris). Principal photography will wrap on 26 October this year, while the French theatrical release is scheduled for 9 October 2019. 

As a reminder, Radar Films has several high-profile movies in its filmography, including Inside the Cell [+see also:
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 and The Confession [+see also:
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 by Nicolas Boukhrief, as well as the Belle et Sébastien trilogy. The company is due to launch the comedy Tricky Old Dogs [+see also:
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 by Christophe Duthuron (starring Pierre RichardRoland GiraudEddy Mitchell and Alice Pol) in theatres on 22 August.

(Translated from French)

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