Jean-Paul Rappeneau films Belles familles
by Fabien Lemercier
- Back after 11 years off the scene, the award winning director has brought together a scintillating cast led by Mathieu Amalric. An ARP Sélection production
On 16 June the filming of Belles familles [+see also:
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film profile] (although 796 000 tickets were sold in France in 2003), the director of The Married Couple of the Year Two (in competition at Cannes in 1971) and of The Horseman on the Roof (1995), also nominated at the Oscars for best screenplay in 1965 for The Man from Rio, had difficulty financing his projects.
Known for his perfectionism, the veteran (82 years old) is thankfully highly rated among actors and his new opus brings together a scintillating cast including Mathieu Amalric (César for best actor in 2005 and 2008, in his element recently in The Blue Room [+see also:
interview: Mathieu Amalric
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interview: Christophe Gans
interview: Léa Seydoux
interview: Vincent Cassel
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interview: François Ozon
Written by the director with Philippe Le Guay (nominated this year for the César for best original screenplay for Bicycling with Moliere [+see also:
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Produced by Laurent Pétin and Michèle Halberstadt for ARP Sélection (which will also lead distribution in France in May 2015), Belles familles is co-produced by TF1 Films Productions. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and OCS, the film is also supported by the advance on takings from CNC and the Ile-de-France region. The 12 weeks of filming will end on 10 September and will take place in Blois, Tours, Chatou, Sèvres, Paris and in the Parisian region with Thierry Arbogast managing photography (three Césars in his field and nominated eight times). International sales are still being negotiated.
(Translated from French)