Shooting starts for Elsa Diringer’s Luna
by Fabien Lemercier
- The director’s first feature film, an Ex Nihilo production to be sold by Pyramide, features a cast headed up by Laëtitia Clément and Rod Paradot
Today marked the beginning of shooting in Montpellier for Luna by Elsa Diringer, who has four shorts to her name, including C'est à Dieu qu'il faut le dire (winner of the 2012 Jury Short Film Special Prize at the COLCOA festival in Los Angeles) and Ada (in the national competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2009). The cast for her first feature film (a project selected at the Angers Workshops in 2013) features young actors Laëtitia Clément and Rod Paradot (winner of the César for Most Promising Actor and the Lumière for Best New Actor in 2016 for his role in Standing Tall [+see also:
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Written by the director (who is quite familiar with the world of adolescents, having led a number of fiction workshops in schools), the screenplay is set in Montpellier. It’s summer. Luna, 16 years old, has just got her NVQ in market gardening. To fill her days she hangs out with Ruben and his gang, until the day she meets Alex, a solitary young graffiti artist and trumpeter, and decides to take the plunge to break free from her boredom.
Produced by Muriel Meynard for Ex Nihilo (which has already produced two of the director’s shorts), Luna has been pre-purchased by Cine+ and has received the backing of the CNC through an advance on receipts, the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and the Cinémage and Indéfilms Soficas. Principal photography is under way in Montpellier and is slated to run until 9 September. Pyramide Films will handle both the film’s domestic distribution and its international sales.
(Translated from French)