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Shoot to kick off soon for Elie Wajeman’s Les anarchistes

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- Tahar Rahim and Adèle Exarchopoulos are toplining the film, staged by 24 Mai Production and set to be distributed by Mars

Shoot to kick off soon for Elie Wajeman’s Les anarchistes
Adèle Exarchopoulos, who is toplining Les anarchistes

On 10 December, the shoot will get under way in Ile-de-France for the second feature by Elie Wajeman, Les anarchistes. Having risen to fame at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2012 with the very promising Alyah [+see also:
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, the filmmaker will be able to rely on Tahar Rahim (winner of the European Film Award in 2009 and the César Award for Best Actor in 2010 for A Prophet [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
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; also popular in such titles as Loving Without Reason [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
, The Past [+see also:
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, Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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]
and Samba [+see also:
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; set to be seen on the big screen on 10 December in Le père Noël) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or in 2013 for her performance in Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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]
and the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2014; currently to be seen in cinemas in Insecure [+see also:
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interview: Marianne Tardieu
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]
) to topline his cast. They will be joined by Swann Arlaud (who turned heads in Crawl [+see also:
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interview: Hervé Lasgouttes
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]
and Get Well Soon [+see also:
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), director Cédric Kahn (who is also an actor on the side, and gave some fine performances in Alyah and Tirez la langue, mademoiselle [+see also:
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), Guillaume Gouix (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
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interview: Teddy Lussi-Modeste
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]
and one of the main protagonists in the TV series The Returned), Karim Leklou and Sarah Lepicard.

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Written by Elie Wajeman together with Gaëlle Macé, the story delves into the past, transporting us to Paris in 1899. Police sergeant Jean Mayer, a poor orphan, is picked to infiltrate a group of anarchists. For him it represents the opportunity to rise up the ranks. However, after being forced to make constant compromises, he becomes increasingly divided. On one hand, he delivers his police reports to Gaspard, his superior, but on the other, he also starts to develop ever more deeply rooted feelings for the group...

Produced by Lola Gans for 24 Mai Production, Les anarchistes is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Mars Films (which has also acquired the French and international distribution rights). Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is also benefitting from support coming from such sources as the CNC’s advance on receipts and backing from the Ile-de-France region, where the entirety of the shoot will take place; filming is due to wrap on 6 February 2015.

24 Mai Production, which got its production activities under way with Alyah, also has Summer Nights [+see also:
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by Mario Fanfani (revealed at the Venice Days – to be released in France on 28 January 2015) and The Tournament [+see also:
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interview: Lou de Laâge
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]
by Elodie Namer (read the article – currently in post-production) to its credit.

(Translated from French)

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