Gilbert Melki and Pio Marmaï on board for Vendeur
by Fabien Lemercier
- In December, the two actors will begin shooting the feature debut by Sylvain Desclous, produced by Sésame Films and set to be distributed by Bac Films
According to Cineuropa’s sources, the shoot for Vendeur [+see also:
film profile], the feature debut by Sylvain Desclous, will start on January 14. Having turned heads with his short film Le Monde à l’envers, among others, the filmmaker has now assembled a cast including topliners Gilbert Melki and Pio Marmaï (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2009 and 2011 for The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
film profile] and Living on Love Alone [+see also:
film profile]; popular in films such as Alyah [+see also:
film profile] and, more recently, Des lendemains qui chantent [+see also:
Written by the director together with Olivier Lorelle (winner of the César Award for Best Writing in 2007 for Days of Glory [+see also:
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile] and nominated in 2012 for Best Adaptation with Omar Killed Me [+see also:
film profile]), the story revolves around Serge, who is one of the very best salesmen in France. For 30 years, he has been on the prowl in shopping areas and department stores, generating an instant and highly impressive return on investment for his employers. He has sacrificed everything for his career: his friends, his partners and his son, Gérald, whom he never sees – and his health, too. When Gérald comes to ask him for a job in order to pay for the building work on his restaurant project, Serge is hesitant but eventually agrees to take him on as a salesman. Quite unexpectedly, Gérald discovers he is actually quite gifted...
Produced by Florence Borelly for Sésame Films, Vendeur is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts. As previously reported, the project had been selected for the Emergence initiative. The eight-week shoot will take place in the Ile-de-France and Centre regions. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by Bac Films.
Sésame Films, which is special in that it regularly produces short films, has four features to its name: Adieu Pays and Captain Achab [+see also:
film profile] (winner of the Best Director Award at Locarno in 2007) by Philippe Ramos, Voie rapide [+see also:
film profile] by Christophe Sahr and Landes [+see also:
film profile] by François-Xavier Vives (in competition at Montreal last year).
(Translated from French)