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Shooting set to start soon for Cristina Pinheiro’s Menina

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- The cast includes Naomi Bitton, Beatriz Batarda and Nuno Lopes; the Mezzanine Films production will be distributed and sold by Urban Distribution

Shooting set to start soon for Cristina Pinheiro’s Menina
Actors Beatriz Batarda and Nuno Lopes

Having made a splash with the short film Liga, Cristina Pinheiro is now making the transition to feature-film territory with Menina, the shoot for which is about to kick off. The cast includes young actress Naomi Bitton, and Portugal’s Beatriz Batarda (putting on a fine performance in such films as Yvone Kane [+see also:
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) and Nuno Lopes (a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2006, and popular in titles such as Lines of Wellington [+see also:
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and Cadences obstinées [+see also:
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).

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Written by the director, the story revolves around Luisa Palmeira, a little eight-year-old girl. "I was born in France, but all my family are Portuguese. The other day in the café, my dad told me he was going to go away because he has water in his lungs. I don’t believe him. It’s that blonde woman from the merry-go-rounds who’s going to take him away, even though he tore up a photo so my mum wouldn’t see. What a liar! I saw it..."

Produced by Mathieu Bompoint for Mezzanine Films, Menina is being co-produced by Easy Tiger and is backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Cinéventure Sofica, the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, San Ouest Provence and the Images de la diversité fund. The shoot will take place in June and July in Istres, Grans, Fos-sur-Mer and Port Saint Louis. Its distribution in France and international sales will be handled by Urban Distribution.

Mezzanine Films, which currently has Gorge Coeur Ventre [+see also:
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by Maud Alpi (read the article) in post-production, has also produced The Good Life [+see also:
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by Jean Denizot (unveiled in the Venice Days in 2013), Lightning by Manuela Morgaine (selected at Rotterdam in 2013, in the Bright Future section), Le paradis des bêtes [+see also:
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by Estelle Larrivaz (winner of the Audience Award at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers) and Free Hands [+see also:
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by Brigitte Sy (Berlinale Forum in 2011).

(Translated from French)

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