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Eugène Green shooting Le fils de Joseph

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- Mathieu Amalric, Fabrizio Rongione, Victor Ezenfis, Natacha Régnier and Dominique Blanc are among the cast of this Coffee and Films production

Eugène Green shooting Le fils de Joseph
Director Eugène Green

Since 9 June, Eugène Green has been shooting the Franco-Belgian co-production Le fils de Joseph [+see also:
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(lit. “Joseph’s Son”), his sixth feature film, after Every Night (winner of the Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2001), The Living World (Directors’ Fortnight in 2003), The Bridge of Arts (Locarno, Filmmakers of the Present in 2004), The Portuguese Nun [+see also:
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(in competition at Locarno in 2009) and La Sapienza [+see also:
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(in competition at Locarno in 2014 and also screened at Toronto, among other gatherings). For his new opus, the French filmmaker of US heritage has assembled a very fine cast including Mathieu Amalric (winner of the César Award for Best Actor in 2005 and 2008 for Kings and Queen [+see also:
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and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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, nominated in 2014 for Venus in Fur [+see also:
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interview: Roman Polanski
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, popular recently in My Golden Days [+see also:
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), Belgian actors Fabrizio Rongione (winner of the Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2015 for Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
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) and Natacha Régnier (winner of the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1998 for The Dreamlife of Angels, nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for 38 Witnesses [+see also:
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), young performer Victor Ezenfis and Dominique Blanc (Best Actress at Venice in 2008 for The Other One [+see also:
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and who is set to appear on screens from 16 September in Fou d'amour).

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Written by the director, the story revolves around a young man (Ezenfis) who lives with his mother (Régnier). Having never known his father, he heads off to look for him. He finds a cynical and Machiavellian man (Amalric) who works as a publisher in Paris. After he attempts to kill him, he will then find filial love thanks to his uncle (Rongione)... According to Eugène Green, “It’s a very topical story, that of a child who doesn’t know his father, but I have incidentally drawn a parallel with certain incidents in the Bible in a very intuitive way. There is a mythological dimension to it, but it’s also practically a film noir. But it won’t be a classic crime film, of course.”

Produced by Francine and Didier Jacob for Coffee and Films, Le fils de Joseph is benefiting from a co-production by Belgian outfit Les Films du Fleuve (managed by the Dardenne brothers), an advance on receipts from the CNC, backing from the Ile-de-France region and the support of the Arte Cofinova Sofica. The seven-week shoot will take place in Paris, in the Paris region and in Normandy. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by Les Films du Losange.

(Translated from French)

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