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Filming to begin shortly for Eric Barbier’s La Promesse de l’Aube

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- Filming starts on 30 March for Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg; this Jerico production will be distributed by Pathé

Filming to begin shortly for Eric Barbier’s La Promesse de l’Aube
Actors Pierre Niney and Charlotte Gainsbourg

30 March marks the beginning of 14 weeks of filming for Eric Barbier’s fifth feature film, La Promesse de l’Aube (lit. “Promise at Dawn”). The director came to fame with his first film, Le Brasier (1991 Jean Vigo Prize winner), and also has the films The Snake [+see also:
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]
(2007) and The Last Diamond [+see also:
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]
(2014) under his belt. This time, Barbier is tackling a new film adaptation of Romain Gary’s novel of the same name (published in 1960), which was already adapted for the big screen by Jules Dassin in 1970 (Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress and Most Promising Newcomer for Melina Mercouri and Assi Dayan). 

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At the top of the billing shines rising star Pierre Niney (nominated in 2012 and 2013 for the César Award for Most Promising Actor, and in 2015 for the César Award for Best Actor for his role in Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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interview: Jalil Lespert
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]
, also appearing in 20 ans d'écart [+see also:
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]
and A Perfect Man [+see also:
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]
, and who will grace cinema screens once more from 30 March in Five and later this year in François Ozon’s Frantz [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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]
) alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress winner in 2009 for her role in Antichrist [+see also:
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interview: Cannes 2009 Lars von Trier
film profile
]
, also at the top of her game in Melancholia [+see also:
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interview: Lars von Trier
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]
and Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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interview: Louise Vesth
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]
, a nominee for the César Award for Best Actress in 1989, 2000, 2007 and 2011, and nominated for the 2015 Lumières Award for Best Actress for her roles in 3 Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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]
and Samba [+see also:
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).

The script, written by Eric Barbier and Marie Eynard, follows the novel’s storyline, in which Romain Gary recounts his childhood in Poland, his adolescence in Nice, his student life in Paris, his tough aviation apprenticeship, and his wartime stories from France, England and Africa. A novel whose main theme is motherly love, featuring a young protagonist who exiles himself in France with his mother, a former actress who raises him by herself, sacrificing everything for her son, for whom she has immense ambitions… 

Produced for Jerico by Eric Jehelmann and Philippe Rousselet, La Promesse de l’Aube is a co-production with Pathé (which will be looking after the film’s distribution in France and its international sales), TF1 Films Production and the Belgian outfit Nexus Factory. Already bought by Canal+ and OCS, the feature will be shot in Hungary, Italy, Belgium and Morocco, with Belgium’s Glynn Speeckaert (recently nominated for the 2016 César Award in his field for his work on the film Marguerite [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Giannoli
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]
) serving as cinematographer.

It’s full steam ahead for Jerico at the moment, as the Paris-based company responsible for the smash-hit The Bélier Family [+see also:
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]
will be releasing Benjamin Weill’s teenage comedy West Coast [+see also:
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]
 on 27 April (read the article) and currently has Fred Cavayé’s (Anything for Her [+see also:
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]
, Point Blank [+see also:
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]
) Radin [+see also:
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]
, starring the incredibly popular Dany Boon (Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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]
) alongside Laurence Arné and Noémie Schmidt, in post-production. This comedy focuses on an incredibly stingy violinist who lives by himself, whose daughter suddenly appears in his life, believing him to be thrifty for charitable and environmental reasons. Radin, distributed by Mars Distribution, will hit French cinemas on 28 September 2016.  

As a reminder, Philippe Rousselet is currently also very active in the field of production as part of another company: Vendôme Production (read the article).

(Translated from French)

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