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Elise Girard starts filming Strange Birds

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- Lolita Chammah, Jean Sorel and Virginie Ledoyen will star in the filmmaker’s second feature film, a KinoElektron production that will be distributed by Shellac

Elise Girard starts filming Strange Birds
Jean Sorel and Lolita Chammah on the set of Strange Birds (© Renaud Personnaz)

Filming for Strange Birds (Drôles d’oiseaux), the second feature film of Elise Girard, is currently in full swing in Paris, having started on 19 October. The director of Belleville Tokyo [+see also:
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(2011) has this time gone for the story of an impossible love affair between a young woman and an elderly man, starring Lolita Chammah (Copacabana [+see also:
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, Memory Lane [+see also:
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, Gaby Baby Doll [+see also:
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), seasoned professional Jean Sorel (known in particular for his performance in Luis Buñel’s Belle de jour, who we will be seeing in L'origine de la violence next year), Virginie Ledoyen (acclaimed, among others, in Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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]
, 8 Women [+see also:
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and A Single Girl) and Pascal Cervo (Nuits blanches sur la jetée [+see also:
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]
, Demented [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Barneaud
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]
).

The director of photography is famous Swiss cinematographer Renato Berta (who won a César in 1988 for Au revoir les enfants and was nominated in 1986 and 1994 for Rendez-vous and Smoking/No Smoking, and won a David di Donatello Award in 2011 for Noi credevamo [+see also:
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and was nominated in 2015 for Leopardi [+see also:
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) and the music of the film will be composed by Bertrand Burgalat

Written by the director, the plot revolves around two characters, Georges and Mavie, and is set in the streets of Paris. Mavie is 27 years old. Clumsy and full of doubt, she naively and anxiously tries to find her place in the world. Georges is 76 years old. Hidden away in his bookshop, he is antisocial and fed up with the world, he no longer wants nor expects anything from life. The two come together in the most beautiful and unlikely of couples. He wants nothing, she wants everything
. And yet it is thanks to him that she manages to find her identity, and thanks to her that he rediscovers life. The love that they will never physically experience together is beautiful and moving. But soon Georges must go, and the inevitable happens…

Produced by Janja Kralj for KinoElektron, Strange Birds is being co-produced by Reborn Production (Marc Simoncini). Angelo Laudisa is associate producer and the film is being backed by Arte Cofinova. Distribution in France will be handled by Shellac.

(Translated from French)

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