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Katell Quillévéré gets stuck into The Heart

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- With a first-rate cast in place, the shoot is about to kick off for the third feature by the filmmaker, who impressed at Cannes; it is produced by Les Films du Bélier and Les Films Pelléas

Katell Quillévéré gets stuck into The Heart
Director Katell Quillévéré

The first clapperboard will slam on Tuesday 29 September for the third feature by Katell Quillévéré: The Heart [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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]
. After the head turners Love Like Poison [+see also:
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(revealed in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2010, winning the Jean Vigo Prize the same year) and Suzanne [+see also:
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(selected in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2013, nominated five times for the Césars in 2014 – including in the Best Screenplay category – with the Best Supporting Actress Award into the bargain), the 35-year-old filmmaker is trying her hand at her first adaptation with the successful novel Mend the Living by Maylis de Kerangal and a top-notch cast: Canadian actress Anne Dorval (who won a host of awards for her performance in Mommy), Emmanuelle Seigner (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2014 for Venus in Fur [+see also:
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interview: Roman Polanski
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), Tahar Rahim (César Award for Best Actor in 2010 for A Prophet [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
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]
, popular in such titles as The Past [+see also:
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and Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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, in theatres from 11 November in Les anarchistes [+see also:
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]
), rapper Kool Shen (Abuse of Weakness [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Breillat
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]
), Belgium’s Bouli Lanners (Rust & Bone [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard
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]
, Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
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]
), Quebec-born actress Monia Chokri (Laurence Anyways [+see also:
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]
, All Yours [+see also:
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interview: David Lambert
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]
), Dominique Blanc (Best Actress at Venice in 2008 for The Other One [+see also:
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), Alice Taglioni (currently appearing on screens in Premiers crus [+see also:
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), Karim Leklou (Heatwave [+see also:
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]
), Alice de Lencquesaing (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2013 for In a Rush [+see also:
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]
), Finnegan Oldfield (a real revelation this year in Les Cowboys [+see also:
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, The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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and Bang Gang [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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) and Théo Cholbi (Marguerite [+see also:
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]
).

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Written by Katell Quillévéré together with Gilles Taurand (winner of the César Award for Best Screenplay in 1995 and nominated five times since then, including in 2013 for Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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), the story begins among the waves, with three teenagers who are surfing at daybreak. Several hours later, as they are on their way back home, they have an accident. Simon is already brain-dead when he gets to A&E at the hospital. Having to depend on machines from now on, his life is nothing more than a delusion. And so it becomes necessary to find the words to persuade his parents, wallowing in the depths of suffering, to agree to donate their son’s organs. The removal of Simon’s heart then takes the form of a race against time. In a Paris hospital, a woman who will never know anything about her saviour waits for the godsend of a transplant that may be able to prolong her life…

Produced by Justin Taurand (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move in 2011, who has such titles as Love Like Poison and Vandal [+see also:
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to his credit) for Les Films du Bélier and David Thion for Les Films Pelléas (which is currently staging the shoot for La prunelle de mes yeux [+see also:
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by Axelle Ropert – read the article), The Heart is being co-produced by Belgian outfit Frakas Productions (Jean-Yves Roubin). Also featuring among the co-producers are France 2 Cinéma, Mars Films (which will distribute the movie in France), ISF Cinéma, Ezekiel Film Production and RTBF. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is backed by the Ile-de-France and Upper Normandy regions, as well as by the La Banque Postale Image and Manon Soficas. The 45-day shoot will continue until 3 December in Le Havre, Paris and the Paris region. International sales will be handled by Films Distribution.

(Translated from French)

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