Simon Leclère filming After the Fight
by Fabien Lemercier
- Promising actors Paul Bartel and Solène Rigot star in the director’s first feature film, a Perspective Films production
For two days now, Simon Leclère, noticed for his short films and his victory in 2008 at the CNC Trophies for Best First Screenplay, has been shooting his first feature film in Vierzon: After the Fight [+see also:
film profile]. The cast features two very promising young actors: Paul Bartel (recently revealed in The Giants [+see also:
interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile] in Cannes with Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
interview: Arnaud des Pallières
film profile], and on screens on June 26th in Les petits princes) and Solène Rigot (discovered in 17 Girls [+see also:
film profile] and soon to be seen in Tonnerre [+see also:
film profile] and Lulu femme nue). They will share the screen with Gilles Masson, Jean-Paul Commin and Bénédicte Loyen.
Co-written by the director with Emmanuelle Jacob and the collaboration of Agnès Feuvre, the screenplay focuses on Pavel, who lives in Marcilly, a village on the banks of the Loire. He works for Martinsson, a local industry, like his father and his grandfather before him. He is convinced that he will soon marry Anja, his childhood friend, nearly his sister. That’s the way it is, it’s written in stone. However, at 18 years old, Pavel is confronted by a less docile reality, less foreseeable and more violent. He simultaneously loses his job in the factory and realizes that Anja, who dreams of emancipation, is gradually moving away from him. Pavel suddenly feels like he has been erased from his own future. And he cannot bear it. He prefers to erase himself from the world.
Produced by Isabelle Mathy and Delphine Schmit for Perspective Films, After the Fight benefits from coproduction with the Belgian company Iota Production, an advance on receipts from the CNC and funding from the Centre and Pays de Loire regions, where the six weeks of filming will take place until July 20th (in Vierzon first, then between Angers and Saumur). French distribution will be handled by Jour2Fête, while international sales are still being negotiated.
(Translated from French)