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Pierre Niney to star in François Ozon’s Frantz

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- The French rising star is apparently currently filming the new feature by the director, a historical film produced by Mandarin together with Germany

Pierre Niney to star in François Ozon’s Frantz
Actor Pierre Niney

On 25 August, François Ozon began the shoot for Frantz [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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]
, his 16th feature film, in Germany, shrouded in the utmost secrecy. According to Cineuropa’s sources, the cast apparently includes French rising star Pierre Niney (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 and 2013 for J'aime regarder les filles [+see also:
trailer
interview: Lou de Laâge
film profile
]
and Comme des frères [+see also:
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]
, the driving force behind the roaring box-office success of 20 ans d'écart [+see also:
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]
, winner of the César Award for Best Actor in 2015 for Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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interview: Jalil Lespert
film profile
]
, popular this year in A Perfect Man [+see also:
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]
, and has just been shooting Five [+see also:
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]
 by Igor Gotesman – read the article), German actress Paula Beer (nominated for the Austrian Film Award for Best Actress in 2015 for The Dark Valley [+see also:
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]
), Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner, Johann von Bülow and Anton von Lucke.

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Having been selected twice in competition at Cannes (in 2003 and 2013 with Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: François Ozon
film profile
]
), four times at Berlin (in 2000, 2002, 2007 and 2009) and twice at Venice (in 2004 and 2010), François Ozon also snagged the Golden Shell at San Sebastian in 2012 with In the House [+see also:
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]
; he was also in competition there in 2009, with a special award into the bargain, as well as last year with The New Girlfriend [+see also:
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film focus
interview: François Ozon
film profile
]
(which was unveiled at Toronto).

Written by the director, the story of Frantz kicks off in a small town in Germany, shortly after World War One. Every day, Anna goes to reflect and pay her respects at the grave of her fiancé, Franz, who was killed in France. One day, Adrien, a mysterious young Frenchman, also comes to lay flowers on the grave, and his presence will soon spark unpredictable reactions in an environment that bears the scars of Germany’s defeat...

Produced by Éric and Nicolas Altmayer for Mandarin Cinéma (which is partnering with Ozon for the fifth film in a row), Frantz is co-produced by Berlin-based outfit X Filme Creative Pool (Stefan Arndt and Uwe Schott). The feature has received support to the tune of €160,000 through the Franco-German co-production Mini-Traité. The shoot, which got under way in Saxony, Germany, and should head to France (specifically the Limousin region) some time in September, will wrap on 17 October. Distribution in France is apparently being handled by Mars, and the rest of the film’s partners will be revealed at a later date.

(Translated from French)

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