Raphaël Nadjari filming Night Song
by Fabien Lemercier
- Géraldine Pailhas and Luc Picard topline this Franco-Canadian co-production staged by The French Connection and sold by MK2
The home straight is in sight on the shoot for Night Song [+see also:
film profile] (Mobile étoile) by Raphaël Nadjari, which kicked off on 25 October and will wrap on 26 November. This is the seventh feature by the director, who tends to be very popular at the major festivals, having had four titles screen at Cannes (Tehilim in competition in 2007, The Shade in Un Certain Regard in 1999, and Apartment #5C and A Strange Course of Events [+see also:
film profile] at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2002 and 2013) and two at Berlin (I Am Josh Polonski's Brother in the Forum in 2001 and Avanim in the Panorama in 2004). According to Cineuropa’s sources, the cast of his new opus includes Géraldine Pailhas (popular in such films as Le coût de la vie, The Adversary, They Came Back and Espion(s) [+see also:
film profile], nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Young and Beautiful [+see also:
interview: François Ozon
film profile] in 2013), Canadian actor Luc Picard (nominated three times for the Genie Award for Best Actor, including in 2007 for A Sunday in Kigali), young actress Eléonore Lagacé, Marcel Sabourin and Paule Baillargeon.
Written by Raphaël Nadjari together with Vincent Poymiro (who has already worked with the filmmaker before, on Tehilim), the story revolves around 40-year-old Hannah, who was born in France but now lives in Montreal. She is a passionate and determined woman who works as a music teacher together with her pianist husband Daniel, with whom she leads a choir that sings Jewish liturgical songs. But the problems start to mount up (one of which is the announcement that one of the public subsidies they receive every year is to be cut) and threaten to weaken Hannah’s levels of commitment. One day, a young, gifted and fragile woman, Abigail, comes knocking on the choir’s door.
Produced by Alexis Dantec and Fred Bellaïche for The French Connection, Mobile étoile is executive-coproduced by Anne-Marie Gélinas for Quebec-based outfit EMA Films, while Julie Paratian is associate co-producer for French firm Sister Productions. Having been pre-purchased by TV5 Monde, the feature is also benefitting from support by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Franco-Canadian co-production aid programme, and backing from the Procirep, the Aquitaine region, the SODEC, Téléfilm Canada, Cinémage 9, Sofitvciné 2 and BMEDIA. After having kicked off in Montreal, filming will be finished off in Bordeaux. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by MK2.
(Translated from French)