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Sara Forestier shoots M

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- The French actress is to play the lead role in her first full-length directorial project. A Chi-Fou-Mi and Archipel 35 production

Sara Forestier shoots M
Actress-director Sara Forestier, at Cannes 2015

Actress Sara Forestier (winner of the César Award for Best Actress in 2011 for The Names of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
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]
, nominated in 2014 for Suzanne [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Katell Quillévéré
festival scope
film profile
]
, and in cinemas recently with Standing Tall [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
film profile
]
) began shooting M, her first full-length feature as a director, on 20 July. Indeed she will be on both sides of the camera as she will also play the lead role alongside Redouanne Harjane (Prêt à tout [+see also:
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]
, The Grad Job [+see also:
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]
). 

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Written by Forestier herself, the plot focuses on Lila, a girl with a stutter, who seeks refuge in silence. Her life is turned upside down when she falls in love with Mo, a kamikaze driver, who risks his life by racing in illegal car rallies. It is this connection that moves Lila to emerge from her muteness, and their passion makes Mo want to stop his suicidal habits. But adrenaline and the love of risk are tough drugs to give up…

Produced by Hugo Selignac for Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, and by Denys Freyd for Archipel 35, M has received considerable support from the Gan Foundation. The nine-week shoot will take place in Paris (at the Henri IV and Bergson schools), and in the Ile-de-France region (in Nanterre, Gennevilliers, Argenteuil and Pantin). Distribution in French cinemas will be handled by Ad Vitam

Chi-Fou-Mi Productions' first project was La Marche [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
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]
with Nabil Ben Yadir, while French producer Archipel 35 has regularly worked with the likes of the Dardenne brothers, Pierre Schoeller, Ursula Meier and sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin, whose second feature, Voir du pays [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Delphine and Muriel Coulin
film profile
]
, is currently in post-production (read the article).

(Translated from French)

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