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Redoubtable: Michel Hazanavicius takes on a legend

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- Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Bérénice Bejo, Micha Lescot and Grégory Gadebois are among the cast of this Les Compagnons du Cinéma production

Redoubtable: Michel Hazanavicius takes on a legend
Director Michel Hazanavicius

From 25 July-31 September, Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius will be shooting Redoubtable [+see also:
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in Paris, Southern France and Italy. The film is a blend of love story and deadpan comedy that delves right to the heart of the personal and professional life of legendary director Jean Luc Godard. Announced by its international sales agent, Wild Bunch, just ahead of the recent Cannes Film Market, the project will be the sixth feature by the director of OSS 117, Le Caire nid d'espions [+see also:
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(which took 2.3 million admissions in France in 2006), OSS 117, Rio ne répond plus [+see also:
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(2.56 million viewers in 2009), The Artist [+see also:
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(five Oscars in 2012 – including those for Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor – the Best Actor Award at Cannes, three Golden Globes, six César Awards, seven BAFTAs and $122 million in worldwide takings) and The Search [+see also:
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(in competition at Cannes in 2014).

The cast includes Louis Garrel (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 and 2016 for Saint Laurent [+see also:
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and Mon roi [+see also:
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, seen at Cannes recently in From the Land of the Moon [+see also:
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, set to appear on screens soon in Planetarium [+see also:
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), Stacy Martin (nominated for the Bodil Award for Best Actress in 2014 for the two Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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films, also popular in Taj Mahal [+see also:
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), Bérénice Bejo (César Award for Best Actress in 2012, and nominated for the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Role for The Artist, Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2013 for The Past [+see also:
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, currently on the cinema listings in After Love [+see also:
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), Micha Lescot (who turned heads in Saint Laurent and Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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) and Grégory Gadebois (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Angel & Tony [+see also:
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and nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2014 for One of a Kind [+see also:
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).

Written by Michel Hazanavicius, and based on the novel Un an après by Anne Wiazemsky, the screenplay kicks off in Paris, in 1967. Jean-Luc Godard, the leading filmmaker of his generation, is shooting La Chinoise with the woman he loves, Anne Wiazemsky, 20 years his junior. They are happy, attractive and in love. They marry. But the film’s reception unleashes a profound self-examination in Jean-Luc. The events of May 1968 will amplify this process and the crisis that shakes the filmmaker. Deep-rooted conflicts and misunderstandings will change him irrevocably. His relationship with the world, but especially with himself, becomes ever more contentious, radical and stern. Sure, Jean-Luc wants revolution, but he is, above all, destructive, and this often leads to disconnects with reality that create violent and comical situations. But this man is intelligent and pugnacious, and he will pursue his choices and his beliefs to breaking point...

Produced by Les Compagnons du Cinéma (a new outfit founded and managed by Florence Gastaud, Michel Hazanavicius and Riad Sattouf), Redoubtable is benefiting from a co-production by France 3 Cinéma, and pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+. Negotiations to secure French distribution are at a very advanced stage, while the international sales are being handled by Wild Bunch.

(Translated from French)

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