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Gaumont walks tall with See You up There

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- BERLIN 2016: The French group has a spectacular-looking slate, having begun pre-sales for the upcoming Albert Dupontel film, adapted from the novel by Pierre Lemaître

Gaumont walks tall with See You up There
Director Albert Dupontel

Since Thursday last week, Gaumont’s international sales team has been in full-on action mode at the European Film Market of the 66th Berlin Film Festival (11-21 February 2016), as it is working on a line-up comprising around 20 titles, including several brand-new films. Standing out among them is See You up There by Albert Dupontel, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Pierre Lemaître, which won the Prix Goncourt in 2013. The shoot for this new movie will get going in March, with a budget of €20 million.

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This will be Dupontel’s sixth feature as a director, following Bernie (nominated for the César Award for Best Debut Film in 1997), The Creator (1999), Locked Out [+see also:
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(2006), The Villain [+see also:
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(2009) and 9 Month Stretch [+see also:
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(which took 2.07 million admissions in France and garnered six nominations for the César Awards in 2014, including for Best Film, and won two trophies into the bargain, in the Best Actress and Best Screenplay categories).

The filmmaker (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2000, 2009 and 2014) will also be among the cast, flanked by Nahuel Perez Biscayart (Best Actor at Karlovy Vary in 2014 for All Yours [+see also:
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), Laurent Lafitte (Papa ou maman [+see also:
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), Nils Arestrup (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2006, 2010 and 2014 for The Beat That My Heart Skipped [+see also:
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, A Prophet [+see also:
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and The French Minister [+see also:
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), Belgian actress Emilie Dequenne (Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1999 for Rosetta, Magritte Award for Best Actress in 2013 and 2015 for Loving Without Reason [+see also:
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and Not My Type [+see also:
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) and Mélanie Thierry (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2010 for One for the Road [+see also:
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and the star of The Princess of Montpensier [+see also:
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).

Written by Albert Dupontel and Pierre Lemaître, the story of See You up There revolves around two soldiers who become friends in the trenches at the end of the First World War, brought together by their hatred of an unscrupulous lieutenant who orders them into a final, pointless attack that will leave them with deep physical and psychological scars. Once peace has been restored, the paths of the three men will cross once again, against a backdrop of embezzlement and fraud linked to war cemeteries and memorials...

Produced by Catherine Bozorgan for ADCB Films, See You up There is benefiting from a co-production by France 2 Cinéma, among other sources of support, and will be distributed in French theatres by Gaumont.

At the EFM, Cécile Gaget and Yohann Comte’s team has also kicked off pre-sales for the documentary A Journey Through French Cinema [+see also:
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by Bertrand Tavernier, currently in production, the title in pre-production Return to Montauk by German director Volker Schlöndorff (an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Max Frisch, starring Stellan Skarsgard and Nina Hoss – Pyramide Productions with Volksfilm and Ziegler Film) and the comedy Brice from Nice [+see also:
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by James Huth (which will come out on 1 October 2016, toplined by Jean Dujardin, who is stepping back into the shoes of the zany character who helped the first instalment to entice 4.4 million French viewers in 2005).

Also of note on Gaumont’s Berlin line-up are The End [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux, unveiled in the Forum section of the festival, and five other market world premieres, with Up for Love [+see also:
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by Laurent Tirard (an offbeat romantic comedy starring Jean Dujardin and Virginie Efira), Chocolat [+see also:
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by Roschdy Zem, Sophie’s Misfortunes [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré, and the comedies Good Guys Go to Heaven, Bad Guys Go to Pattaya [+see also:
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by and starring Franck Gastambide, and Vicky Banjo [+see also:
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by Denis Imbert. And let’s not forget the eight titles in post-production, such as The Neon Demon [+see also:
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by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (sales shared with Wild Bunch), Owl You Need Is Love [+see also:
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by Ramzy Bedia, the 3D animated feature Ballerina by Eric Warin and Eric Summer, Heartstrings by Michel Boujenah, The Visitors: Bastille Day by Jean-Marie Poiré, A Bag of Marbles by Christian Duguay, the sci-fi thriller Ares by Jean-Patrick Benes, and Odd Job [+see also:
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by late filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil.

(Translated from French)

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