Sandrine Bonnaire legs it to Morocco in Gaël Morel’s Prendre le large
by Fabien Lemercier
- The actress will receive top billing in the director’s sixth feature film, shooting for which is about to start; the TS production will be sold by Doc & Film
20 April marks the beginning of shooting in Morocco for Gaël Morel’s sixth feature film, Prendre le large (lit. “Leg It”), following his works Full Speed (Directors’ Fortnight 1996), Under Another Sky (Toronto 2002), Three Dancing Slaves [+see also:
film profile] (2004), Après Lui [+see also:
film profile] (Directors’ Fortnight 2007) and Our Paradise [+see also:
film profile] (2011). The cast features Sandrine Bonnaire (winner of the 1986 César Award for Best Actress for her role in Vagabond and receiving five other nominations for the same prize; winner of the Volpi Cup at the 1995 Mostra for La Cérémonie; and recently popular in The Final Lesson [+see also:
film profile]), Lubna Azabal (the 2004 European Film Promotion Shooting Star; winner of the 2012 Magritte Award for Best Actress in Incendies [+see also:
film profile]; and at the top of her game in movies such as Goodbye Morocco [+see also:
film profile] and La Marche [+see also:
interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
film profile]), Mouna Fettou and Ilian Bergala.
Penned by Morel and writer Rachid O, the script focuses on Edith, a 45-year-old textile factory worker whose life is turned upside down by the company’s downsizing measures. Estranged from her son and without any other ties, rather than go into unemployment, she is the only worker to decide to move to Morocco to continue to work in the factory, which has set up shop there…
Produced by Anthony Doncque, Miléna Poylo and Gilles Sacuto for TS Productions, Prendre le large has a co-production agreement in place with Rhône-Alpes Cinema and has received an advance on receipts from the CNC. Ciné+ has already bought the rights, and filming will take place between 20 April and 27 May 2016 in Tangier (with Frantz Richard from Ali n’Films serving as line producer in Morocco), Villefranche-sur-Saône and Lyon. Les Films du Losange will be managing the film’s French distribution, while Doc & Film will handle the international sales.
TS also has Chad Chenouga’s La niaque (currently being filmed – read the article) and Stéphane Brizé’s A Woman’s Life [+see also:
Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
film profile] (in post-production – read the news) among the titles currently on its books.
(Translated from French)