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Benoît Poelvoorde immersed in an Indian tale, in Un Conte Indien

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- Alexandra Lamy and Pitobash Tripathy are also among the cast of the feature-length directorial debut by screenwriter Héctor Cabello Reyes, which is being produced by 22h22 and Ciné@

Benoît Poelvoorde immersed in an Indian tale, in Un Conte Indien
Actor Benoît Poelvoorde

On Monday 18 January, the seven-week shoot kicked off for the Franco-Belgian co-production Un Conte Indien (lit. “An Indian Tale”), the feature-length directorial debut by Chilean-born French screenwriter Héctor Cabello Reyes (who penned the original idea for The Concert [+see also:
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by Radu Mihaileanu, contributed to the screenplay for 9 Month Stretch [+see also:
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and is a writing partner on all of Eric Lavain’s films, notably Incognito [+see also:
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and Barbecue [+see also:
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). The cast includes Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2005 and 2006 for Podium and In His Hands [+see also:
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, also nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Actor from 2012 to 2015 with Romantics Anonymous [+see also:
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, Le grand soir [+see also:
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, A Place on Earth [+see also:
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and Scouting for Zebras [+see also:
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; putting on a fine performance recently in The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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and soon to be seen in Saint Amour [+see also:
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), French actress Alexandra Lamy (popular in such films as Ricky [+see also:
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and Greed [+see also:
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; due to be seen on screens in 2016 in Vincent et la fin du monde and Retour chez ma mère) and Indian actor Pitobash Tripathy (who turned heads in Shor in the City and Million Dollar Arm).

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A loose adaptation by the director of the Argentinian feature Chinese Take-Away [+see also:
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by Sebastián Borenzstein (which pocketed the Best Film Award in its home country in 2011 and won the Audience Award at Rome, among other accolades), the movie recounts the unusual story of a Frenchman and an Indian man brought together by a cow that has fallen from the sky. Ajith turns up in France under mysterious circumstances. Lost and unable to speak a word of French, he literally stumbles across Pierre, a grumpy, obsessive bachelor of a shopkeeper, who reluctantly takes him in. Through absurd situations and strange coincidences, this small gesture in Pierre’s very well-ordered life will gradually cause him to undergo imperceptible changes...

Produced by Léonard Glowinski for 22h22 and by Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@, Un Conte Indien is benefiting from co-production by Belgian outfit Umedia Production, a pre-purchase by OCS, and backing from the La Banque Postale Image, Cofinova and SofiTVCiné Soficas. The shoot will continue until 6 March in Belgium and France, with Frédéric Noirhomme serving as DoP. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by SND.

(Translated from French)

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