Récifilms takes a bet on Le nouveau
by Fabien Lemercier
- The Parisian company to film its first feature length film by Rudi Rosenberg. Mars will guide French distribution in France and Indie Sales will take care of international sales.
Rudi Rosenberg did not hold back to prepare shooting for his upcoming first feature film, which started in earnest on June 2. Over 4000 children tried out over six months of casting, during which time thirty people travelled around France. Access was even given to them to the education ministry. Schoolyards and lunchrooms were visited. Admired for his shorts, in particular for Aglaée (selected in various international festivals, special mention and best actress in Clermont-Ferrand in 2011, awrded in Prague, Cork, Namur, Toronto, etc.), the young filmmaker was the winner in 2013 and 2014 for best director at the Grand Prix Stratégies for advertising.
Le nouveau will feature Réphael Ghrenassia, Joshua Raccah, Géraldine Martineau, Johanna Lindstedt and Max Boublil (Les gamins [+see also:
film profile]). Written by the director with the participation of Navo (Bref su Canal+) and Igor Gotesman (Castings, on Canal+). The screenplay starts with 13-year-old Benoit going to school in a city where he knows no one and having to worry about his status as a newbie. Thank goodness for Johanna, also a new student, and the upcoming elections for class president, which could be an opportunity to impose himself.
Produced by Mathias Rubin (Producer on the Move 2014 at the European Film Promotion – read the interview) and Eric Juherian for Récifilms, Le nouveau is to be co-produced by Cinéfrance 1888, Mars Films (which will take care of distribution in French cinemas) and D8 Films. Pre-acquired by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film is also being supported by Sofica Cinemage, Manon and Sofitvciné. The nine weeks of filming will last until August 4 in Paris and the surrounding region, with an extra day in October. International sales for the film – which will be ready in March 2015 – will be taken care of by Indie Sales.
(Translated from French)