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Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu filming The Valley of Love

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- The two stars are hard at work in the United States, appearing in the new film by Guillaume Nicloux, which is produced by Les Films du Worso and LGM Cinéma

Isabelle Huppert and Gérard Depardieu filming The Valley of Love
Isabelle Huppert

After having been announced at Cannes last May, Guillaume Nicloux’s project The Valley of Love [+see also:
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]
began shooting last Monday, in California. Starring in the leads of the 12th feature film by the director (who has just filmed The Nun [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
festival scope
film profile
]
– in competition at the Berlinale in 2013 - and The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq [+see also:
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back to back) are two giants of French cinema: Isabelle Huppert (who is currently also filming Louder Than Bombs [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
by Joachim Trier – read the news – and is scheduled to appear in Paul Verhoeven’s Elle [+see also:
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 in January, based on a novel by Philippe Djian) and Gérard Depardieu (who recently attracted a lot of attention for the scandalous Welcome to New York [+see also:
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). Interestingly, the two actors have not worked together on screen since Loulou by Maurice Pialat (1980).

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Written by Guillaume Nicloux, the story revolves around Isabelle and Gérard, who lost their son six months ago. However, before he died, he sent them a letter in which he invites them to go to Death Valley, at the very heart of the United States. Despite the apparent absurdity of the situation, the mother and father decide to go there anyway and wait for him...

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso, and by Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste-Dupont for LGM Cinéma, The Valley of Love is co-produced by DD Productions, France 3 Cinéma and Belgian outfit Scope Pictures. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, the film is also backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, and by the Soficinéma, Cinémage, Cofinova and Palatine Etoile Soficas. The shoot will wrap on 27 September. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by Le Pacte.

Guillaume Nicloux’s next project is apparently Les confins du monde, a loose adaptation of Vandenberghe le pirate du Delta by Erwan Bergot, whose main character is one of the most famous commando leaders from the war in Indochina; it covers a number of military exploits in the Tonkin region over the period 1945-1947. For this project, the filmmaker is set to collaborate once again with producer Les Films du Worso, which is currently enjoying a very prosperous period with (in addition to Nicloux’s films) Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Alain Guiraudie
festival scope
film profile
]
by Alain Guiraudie (which caused a stir in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2013), Timbuktu [+see also:
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by Abderrahmane Sissako (in competition at Cannes last May) and Evolution [+see also:
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]
 by Lucile Hadzihalilovic (in post-production – read the article), not to mention Les chevaliers blancs by Joachim Lafosse (headed by Versus Production – also in post-production – read the article).

(Translated from French)

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