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Benoît Jacquot shooting Son corps in Portugal

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- The filmmaker is adapting Don DeLillo with a cast that includes Mathieu Amalric, Julia Roy and Jeanne Balibar; production is being handled by Alfama Films

Benoît Jacquot shooting Son corps in Portugal
Director Benoît Jacquot

The shoot for Never Ever [+see also:
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interview: Victória Guerra
film profile
]
by Benoît Jacquot has entered the home stretch and is set to wrap on 18 December in Portugal. For his 23rd feature, the filmmaker selected once in competition at Cannes (with The School of Flesh in 1998), twice at Berlin (Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
film profile
]
and Diary of a Chambermaid [+see also:
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]
in 2012 and 2015) and four times at Venice (Seventh Heaven in 1997, No Scandal in 1999, The Untouchable [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
in 2006 and 3 Hearts [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
film profile
]
in 2014) has assembled a cast including Mathieu Amalric (winner of the César Award for Best Actor in 2005 and 2008 for Kings and Queen [+see also:
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]
and The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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]
, nominated in 2014 for Venus in Fur [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Roman Polanski
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]
and who will be seen in theatres in 2016 in such films as La loi de la jungle, The Woman in the Silver Plate, Le fils de Joseph and Demain et tous les autres jours), Julia Roy (who turned heads in If You Don’t, I Will [+see also:
trailer
festival scope
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]
) and Jeanne Balibar (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2001 and 2009, popular this year in Portrait of the Artist [+see also:
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]
).

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Written by Julia Roy, who based the screenplay loosely on the novel The Body Artist by famous US author Don DeLillo (Cosmopolis), the story revolves around Rey, a filmmaker. During a retrospective being dedicated to him in a museum, he sees a performance by a young woman. He follows her after coming out of the museum. She is called Laura and is younger than him. They fall in love and soon get married, and they start living in a huge secluded house by the seaside. After a few months, Rey dies in a motorbike accident and Laura finds herself alone in the house...

Produced by Paolo Branco for Alfama Films (which will manage distribution in France and international sales), Never Ever is being co-produced by Portuguese outfit Leopardo Filmes. The DoP is Julien Hirsch (winner of the César Award in 2007 for Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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]
and nominated in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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film focus
interview: Pierre Schoeller
film profile
]
).

Alfama currently has The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez [+see also:
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]
by Wim Wenders (based on Peter Handke’s work of the same name – starring Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin – in co-production with Germany’s Neue Road Movies) and Jeunesse [+see also:
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]
by Julien Samani (a Joseph Conrad adaptation toplined by Kevin Azaïs) in post-production. The Paris-based company also launched Cosmos [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Victória Guerra
film profile
]
by Polish director Andrzej Zulawski in French theatres yesterday and will be supported by Arte France Cinéma for La forêt de Quinconces [+see also:
trailer
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]
, which will be the directorial feature debut by actor Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.

(Translated from French)

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