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Gaz de France: a secret reunion to save an unpopular President

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- Imminent filming for Benoît Forgeard’s first feature, produced by Ecce Film. The cast includes Philippe Katerine and Olivier Rabourdin

Gaz de France: a secret reunion to save an unpopular President
Benoît Forgeard

Noticed for the great originality of his trilogy of shorts Réussir sa vie (which includesLa course nue, Belle Ile en Mer and L’Antivirus), Benoît Forgeard began yesterday, according to our information, the filming of his first feature: Gaz de France [+see also:
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Dubbed by the director as a kind of contemporary version of Dr. Strangelove and focusing on a secret reunion at the Elysée Presidential palace to avoid the imminent fall of the regime, the film brings together singer Philippe Katerine (who appeared notably in Je suis un no man's land [+see also:
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, Je t'aime, moi non plus [+see also:
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Interview with Joann Sfar, director of…
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
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]
and To paint or to make love [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu
interview: Philippe Martin
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]
), Olivier Rabourdin, (appreciated in Of Gods and Men [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Beauvois
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]
, Augustine [+see also:
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and Les petits princes [+see also:
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, seen recently in Venice in Eastern Boys [+see also:
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interview: Robin Campillo
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]
), Alka Balbir, Jean-Luc Vincent and Antoine Gouy.

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Written by Benoît Forgeard with Emmanuel Lautréamont, the screenplay is set in France in 2020. Michel Battement, the President’s advisor must urgently increase the popularity of the President in order to avoid the imminent fall of the regime. In the depths of the overcrowded basement of the Elysée, he summons a secret meeting, with the country’s best minds...   

Produced by Emmanuel Chaumet for Ecce Films, Gaz de France was pre-purchased by Ciné+ and benefits from backing from the Centre region and the Sofica Indéfilms. The four weeks of filming will take place in the Loiret region, in Briare. The French distribution will be handled by Shellac and international sales directly by Ecce Films (which has chosen to operate this way with all its productions).

Ecce Films is currently on a roll with its group of young filmmakers and its methods of rapid and small-budget productions. The Parisian company has thus produced the first features by Antonin Peretjatko (The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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]
– selected for the Directors’ Fortnight 2013 – read the interview) and Justine Triet (La bataille de Solférino [+see also:
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trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
- Grand Prix of the Paris Cinéma Festival 2013). It is also producing Gaby Baby Doll [+see also:
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]
, the third feature by Sophie Letourneur (read the article).

(Translated from French)

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