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Shoot to kick off imminently for Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams

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- Sidse Babett Knudsen and Benoît Magimel star in this film about the Mediator health scandal, produced by Haut et Court and sold by Wild Bunch

Shoot to kick off imminently for Emmanuelle Bercot’s 150 Milligrams
Director Emmanuelle Bercot

On 24 November, Emmanuelle Bercot will be in Brittany to get the shoot started for her sixth feature film, 150 Milligrams [+see also:
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. A regular at the major festivals (Clément in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2001, Backstage [+see also:
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out of competition at Venice in 2005, On My Way [+see also:
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in competition at Berlin in 2013, and Standing Tall [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuelle Bercot
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, which made quite a splash as the opening film of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, out of competition), the director has also made a name for herself as a screenwriter (nominated for the César Award in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
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interview: Maïwenn
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) and as an actress (she won the Best Actress Award on the Croisette last May for her performance in Mon roi [+see also:
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). This time around, she is sinking her teeth into a sort of French-style Erin Brockovich by tackling a hot topic: the case of the anti-diabetic drug Mediator, through the story of Irène Frachon, who was behind the revelation of the health scandal that hit France in 2009, after a conspiracy of silence lasting more than a decade.

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The outstanding cast includes Danish actress Sidse Babett Knudsen (nominated for the Emmy Award for her famous role as Prime Minister Birgitte Nyborg Christensen in the series Borgen, in the film world nominated for the Bodil Award for Best Actress in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2007, and popular recently in Speed Walking [+see also:
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by her fellow countryman Niels Arden Oplev, The Duke of Burgundy [+see also:
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by British director Peter Strickland and L'hermine [+see also:
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by French filmmaker Christian Vincent) and Benoît Magimel (winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2001 for The Piano Teacher, nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for My Way [+see also:
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, turned heads last year in The Connection [+see also:
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and partnering up with Emmanuelle Bercot again after Standing Tall).

Adapted by Emmanuelle Bercot and Séverine Bosschem from the book Mediator 150 mg by Irène Frachon, the story sees a lung specialist from the university hospital of Brest discover a direct link between a number of suspicious deaths and the administering of a drug that was allowed onto the market. Alone against the world, she will fight to bring the truth to light...

Produced by Carole Scotta and Caroline Benjo for Haut et Court, 150 Milligrams is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also benefiting from backing from the Brittany region (the Filière fund) and France TV Distribution. The shoot will continue until 5 February 2016 in Brittany and in the Paris region. The French theatrical release will be handled by Haut et Court Distribution and international sales by Wild Bunch.

Haut et Court has recently distributed The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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by Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (a film that the Paris-based company actually co-produced), Mediterranea [+see also:
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interview: Jonas Carpignano
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by Italy’s Jonas Carpignano, Song of the Sea [+see also:
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interview: Tomm Moore
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by Irish director Tomm Moore and Love at First Fight [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Cailley
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by Thomas Cailley in France. Standing out on the line-up of its forthcoming theatrical releases are Suburra [+see also:
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interview: Stefano Sollima
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]
by Italian filmmaker Stefano Sollima (9 December), Long Live the Bride [+see also:
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interview: Ascanio Celestini
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]
by his fellow countryman Ascanio Celestini (date TBC), An [+see also:
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by Japan’s Naomi Kawase (27 January 2016), Sky [+see also:
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by Fabienne Berthaud (16 March 2016) and several titles in production or post-production, such as Mon nom à Pigalle by Hamé and Ekoué (read the news), D'une pierre deux coups [+see also:
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 by Fejria Deliba (read the article), and L'ami (François d'Assise et ses frères) [+see also:
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by Renaud Fély and Arnaud Louvet (read the article).

(Translated from French)

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