Gilles Legrand shooting L’Odeur de la mandarine
by Fabien Lemercier
- The cast features Olivier Gourmet, Georgia Scalliet, Dimitri Storoge and Hélène Vincent, while production is handled by Epithète Films and distribution by Metropolitan
The shoot for the fourth feature film by Gilles Legrand, L’Odeur de la mandarine [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “The Smell of the Mandarin”), is in full swing and is set to wrap on 7 November. According to Cineuropa’s sources, this time the filmmaker, who rose to fame with Malabar Princess (2004) and took 725,000 admissions in France in 2011 with his movie You Will Be My Son [+see also:
film profile], has assembled a cast that boasts Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet (winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2002 for The Son [+see also:
film profile], nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
interview: Pierre Schoeller
film profile], set to appear in cinemas on 17 December in Terre battue [+see also:
film profile]) and Georgia Scalliet (a pensionnaire of the Comédie Française who will be giving her debut performance on the big screen) as topliners. They are joined by such actors and actresses as Dimitri Storoge (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Gang Story [+see also:
film profile] and turning heads with his performance in Belle et Sébastien [+see also:
film profile]), Hélène Vincent (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2013 for A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
film profile]), Urbain Candelier, Fred Ulysse, Michel Robin, Romain Bouteille and Alix Bénézech.
Written by Guillaume Laurant (nominated for the Oscar for Best Screenplay in 2002 for Amélie) together with Gilles Legrand, the story unfolds in 1918. Charles is a 48-year-old cavalry officer who comes back from the front minus one leg. The war has taken everything away from him: his dignity, his horses, his hunting dogs. All he does is mope around at home. Meanwhile, Angèle is a young nurse who life has not been kind to. The single mother has just lost her partner, a former jockey. A beautiful friendship is born between the two – but when Charles expresses his wish to turn their friendship into marriage, their relationship is turned upside down by a total lack of pleasure and desire…
Produced by Frédéric Brillion for Epithète Films, L’Odeur de la mandarine is co-produced by Davis Films and France 3 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by OCS (Orange Cinéma Séries), the feature is also being backed by the La Banque Postale Image 8 Sofica. The eight-week shoot will take place in the Centre region. The rights for distribution in France and for international sales have been acquired by Metropolitan.
For the record, Epithète Films currently has Notre fils (read the article) by Yves Angelo (who is also the DoP on L’Odeur de la mandarine) in post-production.
(Translated from French)