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Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos in post-production

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- The Polish filmmaker is back with a metaphysical noir thriller adapted from a Gombrowicz novel; Sabine Azéma stars in the Alfama Films production

Andrzej Zulawski's Cosmos in post-production
Director Andrzej Zulawski

Following a shoot that took place from mid-November to late December, Andrzej Zulawski has now begun post-production on his new feature: the Franco-Portuguese co-production Cosmos [+see also:
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. The ensemble film, branded as a metaphysical noir thriller, will mark a return to the big screen for the (74-year-old) director of That Most Important Thing: Love (winner of the César Award for Best Actress for Romy Schneider in 1976) and Possession (winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1981 for Isabelle Adjani), following a 15-year hiatus since his most recent opus (Fidelity in 2000). The cast of Cosmos includes Sabine Azéma (winner of the César Award for Best Actress in 1985 and 1987, nominated in 1990, 1994, 1996 and 1998; popular this year in Life of Riley [+see also:
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), Jean-François Balmer (In the House [+see also:
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), Jonathan Genet (Opération Libertad [+see also:
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), Johan Libéreau (who rose to fame in Cold Showers [+see also:
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and The Witnesses [+see also:
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, and turned a lot of heads in Grand Central [+see also:
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), Victória Guerra (Casanova Variations [+see also:
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) and Clémentine Pons.

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Adapted by the director from the novel of the same name by the famous Polish author Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969), the story begins one night in July when Wiltold slips away from the city with a friend in order to see different things and have new experiences in a remote part of the countryside. They end up in a guesthouse run by a retired couple who live there with their daughter and a maid. While the daughter's mouth is beautiful and pristine, the maid's is misshapen and unsightly. Immediately captivated by the sight of their lips, Wiltold starts to become obsessed with the two girls. He also gets drawn in by a series of strange, interlinked signs in an atmosphere that grows ever-more stifling...

Produced by Paolo Branco for Alfama Films, Cosmos is co-produced by Leopardo Filmes and benefited from backing from the bilateral fund aimed at encouraging co-productions between France and Portugal (headed by the CNC and the ICA). The DoP was André Szankowski (Lines of Wellington [+see also:
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). Alfama Films will release the title in France and is in charge of international sales.

For the record, Paolo Branco's Paris-based outfit has two other movies in post-production: L'astragale [+see also:
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by Brigitte Sy (starring Leïla Bekhti and Reda Kateb – read the article – set to be released on 8 April) and Fou d'amour [+see also:
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(formerly Vénus ouverte) by Philippe Ramos (see the news).

(Translated from French)

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