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Sex Doll: Hafsia Herzi to work with Sylvie Verheyde

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- The shoot is about to kick off for a thriller about high-class prostitution, produced by Les Films du Veyrier and The Bureau, and set to be sold by Wild Bunch

Sex Doll: Hafsia Herzi to work with Sylvie Verheyde
Actress Hafsia Herzi

On Wednesday 1 July, the first clapperboard will slam in England for Sex Doll [+see also:
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, the fifth fiction feature film by Sylvie Verheyde, following Brother (revealed in the Directors’ Fortnight in 1997), Princesses (2000), Stella [+see also:
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(Venice Days 2008) and Confession of a Child of the Century [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012). Standing out among the cast of this thriller are Hafsia Herzi (winner of the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2008 for The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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interview: Hafsia Herzi
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]
; popular in such titles as House of Tolerance [+see also:
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interview: Adèle Haenel
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]
, and set to appear on screens in October in Par accident), English actor Ashley Stymest (a well-known model who will be making his acting debut), Karole Rocher (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
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interview: Maïwenn
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]
; also turned heads in the TV series Braquo), Paul Hamy (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
festival scope
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]
, seen recently at Cannes in Disorder [+see also:
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interview: Alice Winocour
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), Lindsay Karamoh (Girlhood [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
interview: Céline Sciamma
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) and Ira Max.

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Written by the director, the story is pitched as follows: “My name is Virginie. I’m young. I’m independent. I’m a whore. A high-class one – there’s no other way to put it. I know how to command respect. I earn a very good living. I met him. An Englishman. A disaster...”

Produced by Bruno Berthemy for Les Films du Veyrier (which partnered up with the director for her last three opuses), Sex Doll is executive-coproduced by London-based firm The Bureau (Soledad Gatti-Pascual and Bertrand Faivre). Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, the feature is also benefiting from an advance on receipts from the CNC and from backing by the Cofinova 12 Sofica. The shoot will take place until 7 August in and around London. Distribution in France will be handled by Rezo Films and international sales by Wild Bunch.

(Translated from French)

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