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Lucas Belvaux gears up to film This is Our Land

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- Belgian filmmaker Lucas Belvaux reunites with Émilie Dequenne for this film produced by Synecdoche and Artémis; Le Pacte will be responsible for its international sales

Lucas Belvaux gears up to film This is Our Land
Director Lucas Belvaux

The cameras will start rolling for Lucas Belvaux’s tenth feature film, This Is Our Land [+see also:
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(Chez nous),
 a Franco-Belgian co-production, on 10 May in Northern France. The Belgian director, who has put his name to works such as his trio of films released in 2002 (An Amazing Couple [+see also:
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, After Life [+see also:
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]
and On the Run [+see also:
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), The Right of the Weakest [+see also:
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]
(entered in competition at Cannes in 2006), Rapt [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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]
(2009), 38 Witnesses (One Night) [+see also:
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]
(which opened the International Film Festival Rotterdam) and Not My Type [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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]
(2014), will bring together a cast featuring Émilie Dequenne (who won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1999 for her role in Rosetta, the Un Certain Regard Best Actress Award in 2012 for Our Children [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
and was nominated for the 2015 César Award for Best Actress for her role in Not My Type), André Dussollier (nominated at the César Awards seven times, winning Best Actor in 1998 and Best Supporting Actor in 2002; recently acclaimed for his roles in 21 Nights with Pattie [+see also:
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and The Great Game [+see also:
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), Catherine Jacob (a three-time nominee for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress; currently part of the cast of Joséphine s'arrondit [+see also:
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), Anne Marivin (Crawl [+see also:
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interview: Hervé Lasgouttes
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]
, Little White Lies [+see also:
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) and Patrick Descamps (a very familiar face from the director’s body of work, and at the top of his game in Versailles [+see also:
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interview: Geraldine Michelot
interview: Pierre Schoeller
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]
, Angel and Tony [+see also:
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]
and The Boss’s Daughter [+see also:
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]
, amongst other titles).

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A rough outline of the script, which was written by Lucas Belvaux and Jérôme Leroy, was unveiled by the director in the daily newspaper La Voix du Nord: “It’s the story of a liberal nurse who finds herself as the Bloc’s number-one candidate in a fictional town’s upcoming local election. She doesn’t really have any conviction and lets herself get pushed around a little. This has an impact on her relationships with her family, friends and patients.” It must be said that the Bloc in question (which was the subject of Jérôme Leroy’s 2011 novel The Bloc) is a fictional far-right populist political party that is on the rise...

Produced by David Frenkel for Parisian company Synecdoche and by Patrick Quinet for Belgian outfit Artémis Productions, This Is Our Land will be co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and RTBF. With Canal+, Ciné+, Be tv and Voo having already purchased the film’s rights, it is also being supported by the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Centre for Film and Audiovisual and by Pictanovo, amongst others. Filming will take place from May to June with Pierric Gantelmi d'Ille serving as the cinematographer. Le Pacte will be responsible for the film’s French distribution and international sales.

(Translated from French)

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