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Dominik Moll shooting News from Planet Mars

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- The filmmaker has assembled a cast that includes François Damiens, Vincent Macaigne and Léa Drucker, for a feature produced by Diaphana, and supported by Artémis and Memento

Dominik Moll shooting News from Planet Mars
Director Dominik Moll

According to Cineuropa’s sources, last week saw the start of the shoot for the Franco-Belgian co-production News from Planet Mars [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, which will be the fifth feature film by Dominik Moll. Having taken part in the competition at Cannes with With a Friend Like Harry (which won four César Awards in 2001, including those for Best Director and Best Actor) in 2000 and with Lemming [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
in 2005, this time around the filmmaker is trying his hand at an existential comedy, and has assembled a cast including Belgian actor François Damiens (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2015 for La famille Bélier [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
after receiving two nominations for the César for Best Supporting Actor with Heartbreaker [+see also:
trailer
making of
film profile
]
in 2011 and Suzanne [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Katell Quillévéré
festival scope
film profile
]
in 2014; soon to appear on the big screen in Les Cowboys – read the article), Vincent Macaigne (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
film review
trailer
festival scope
film profile
]
; popular in such titles as Tonnerre [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
film profile
]
and Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
; and has just finished filming Les deux amis – read the article – and Les Innocentes – read the news), Léa Drucker (The Blue Room [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mathieu Amalric
film profile
]
) and seasoned performer Michel Aumont.

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Written by the director together with Gilles Marchand (twice nominated for the César Award for Best Screenplay in 2001, for Human Resources and With a Friend Like Harry; and who recently co-wrote Eastern Boys [+see also:
trailer
interview: Robin Campillo
festival scope
film profile
]
), the story revolves around Philippe Mars, a father and divorcé who works as an executive at an IT company. He simultaneously feels stuck in a rut because of his commute-work-sleep routine and overwhelmed by the world around him: whether it’s his overly ambitious elder daughter, his youngest son who has decided to become a hardcore vegan, his journalist ex-wife who works on a TV news channel, his cat, his artistic sister with a penchant for painting, his old neighbour who seems to be stuck in the Giscard years, his parents who died in a car crash, or his outwardly laid-back boss (who is in fact nothing of the sort)… they all appear to be conspiring against him to make his life more difficult. And when Jérôme, a work colleague whose insanity is contagious, arrives on the scene, Philippe’s life will career utterly out of control.

Produced by Michel Saint-Jean for Diaphana Films (which is getting involved with a Dominik Moll feature for the fourth time), News from Planet Mars is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and Belgian outfit Artémis Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also being backed by the Soficinéma, Indéfilms and Palatine Soficas. The shoot will take place in Paris and the Paris region until May, with Jean-François Hensgens (Loving Without Reason [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile
]
, Les chevaliers blancs) serving as DoP. Distribution in French theatres will be handled directly by Diaphana, while Lumière will be in charge of the Belgian release. International sales are taken care of by Memento Films International.

(Translated from French)

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