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Toril: Farming and cannabis for Laurent Teyssier

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- Vincent Rottiers, Bernard Blancan, Tim Seyfi and Sabrina Ouazani are among the cast of the director’s feature debut, currently being shot and staged by Tita Productions

Toril: Farming and cannabis for Laurent Teyssier
Director Laurent Teyssier

On 26 May, the five-week shoot got under way for Toril [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laurent Teyssier
film profile
]
(lit. “Bullpen”), the feature debut by Laurent Teyssier. Having turned heads with his short films (particularly 8 et des poussières), the director has assembled a cast including Vincent Rottiers (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2007 and 2010, popular in such movies as In the Beginning [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, Renoir [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christa Théret
film profile
]
and La marche [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
film profile
]
, and having also appeared on screens at Cannes in the Palme d'Or winner, Dheepan [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
Q&A: Jacques Audiard
film profile
]
), Bernard Blancan (Best Actor Award on the Croisette in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
]
, giving a fine performance recently in Cosmodrama [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), Turkish-German actor Tim Seyfi and Sabrina Ouazani (Qu'Allah bénisse la France! [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
).

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Written by Guillaume Grosse, the story revolves around Philippe, a former drug dealer who is released from prison and finds out that his father, Jean-Jacques, is sick and crippled by debt. Having been a farmer for generations, Jean-Jacques cannot bring himself to accept the idea of selling his land. Seeking to win back the respect of his loved ones, Philippe decides to take over his father’s business during his convalescence. But he swiftly realises that he will never be able to earn enough money to stop the shed from being repossessed and succeed in saving the family farm. So he decides to turn to one of the region’s biggest drug dealers and suggest that he use the shed as a cover: a single delivery with the aim of wiping out his father’s debts in one fell swoop...

Produced by Fred Prémel and Christophe Bouffil for Marseilles-based outfit Tita Productions, Toril is co-produced by Mille et Une Films, Mezzanine Films and Les Productions Balthazar. Having been backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Paca (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur), Languedoc-Roussillon and Lower Normandy regions, the Gan Foundation for Cinema, the West Provence fund, the Manon and Cofinova Soficas, and Procirep (the Film and Television Producers’ Society), the film will have a five-week shoot, taking place in Nîmes, Marseilles, Cavaillon and Chateaurenard. For the record, the project was also one of those featured at the Ateliers d'Angers. It is scheduled to be ready for release in October, with distribution in France to be handled by La Belle Company, while international sales are entrusted to Versatile.

(Translated from French)

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