Stéphane Robelin filming Mr Stein Goes Online
by Fabien Lemercier
- Pierre Richard, Yaniss Lespert, Fanny Valette and Stéphanie Crayencour topline this Ici et Là production, sold by Memento Films
Having turned a lot of heads with his previous opus, And if We All Lived Together [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled on the Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2011, distributed in more than 40 countries, taking 530,000 admissions in France, 400,000 in Germany, 100,000 in Brazil and raking in over €1 million in VoD takings in the USA), Stéphane Robelin is now entering the home stretch on the shoot for his third feature, which has the working title Mr Stein Goes Online. The shoot kicked off on 9 May and is due to wrap on 1 July. The cast includes Pierre Richard (a cult comedy actor who has appeared in such titles as La chèvre, The Toy, The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe, and who can soon be seen in Lost in Paris [+see also:
interview: Dominique Abel, Fiona Gordon
film profile]), Yaniss Lespert (the brother of actor-director Jalil Lespert, and known primarily for his involvement in the series Fais pas ci, fais pas ça), Fanny Valette (European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2006, nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress that same year for Little Jerusalem), and Belgian actresses Stéphanie Crayencour (nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Female Newcomer in 2012 for Les Mythos [+see also:
film profile]) and Stéphane Bissot (nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 for Loving Without Reason [+see also:
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile]). Also among the cast are Pierre Kiwitt, Gustave Kervern, Macha Méril and Germany’s Anna Bederke (Soul Kitchen [+see also:
Written by the director, the story revolves around 75-year-old widower Pierre, who manages to recover from a bout of depression thanks to a romantic encounter arranged online. Using the identity of Alex, a young computer boffin who teaches him the basics, he meets Flora63, a 28-year-old physiotherapist who soon agrees to meet him in person and asks him out on a date. Pierre, who has now fallen under her spell, accepts and has no other choice but to convince Alex to go in his place...
Produced by Christophe Bruncher for Ici et Là Productions, Mr Stein Goes Online is being co-produced by Orange Studio, German outfit Detailfilm and MMC Movies, Belgium’s La Compagnie Cinématographique, Panache Productions and RTBF, and Lebanese company Abbout Productions. The seven-week shoot will be split between Paris, Brussels, Ostend and Cologne. The French distribution will be handled by La Belle Company, while the German release is being entrusted to Neue Visionen, the Swiss to Frenetic and the Austrian to Filmladen. International sales are managed by Memento Films International.
(Translated from French)