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Anne Fontaine filming Marvin

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- The cast includes Finnegan Oldfield, Jules, Grégory Gadebois, Vincent Macaigne, Catherine Salée, Catherine Mouchet, Isabelle Huppert and Charles Berling

Anne Fontaine filming Marvin
Director Anne Fontaine

The first part of the shoot for the 15th feature by Anne Fontaine, Marvin, is entering the home stretch this week in the Vosges Mountains, after it kicked off at the beginning of August in Xertigny. According to Cineuropa’s sources, the film – a loose adaptation of the hard-hitting autobiographical novel En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule by Edouard Louis, a 2014 bestseller – boasts a cast that includes rising star Finnegan Oldfield (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for Cowboys [+see also:
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, also popular in Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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, and soon to appear in Nocturama [+see also:
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and Heal the Living [+see also:
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), young actor Jules (who will be playing the role of the titular child), Grégory Gadebois (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2012 for Angel & Tony [+see also:
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and for the César Award for Best Actor in 2014 for One of a Kind [+see also:
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), Vincent Macaigne (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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, also putting on fine performances in such titles as Tonnerre [+see also:
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, News from Planet Mars [+see also:
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and Struggle for Life [+see also:
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), Belgium’s Catherine Salée (Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, and nominated in 2013 for Mobile Home [+see also:
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and in 2015 for Two Days, One Night [+see also:
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), and seasoned performers Catherine Mouchet, Isabelle Huppert and Charles Berling.

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Written by Anne Fontaine and Pierre Trividic (winner of the César Award for Best Adaptation in 2007 for Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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), the story revolves around Martin Clément, born Marvin Bijou, who ran away from his hometown and his family. He retells his story through a stage play that proves to be a smash hit. But at what price?

Interestingly, while the film borrows its central plot from the novel by Edouard Louis (which outlines the childhood and teenage years of a young boy in a village, where he is shunned by the inhabitants and even by his own family when he comes out as a homosexual), it simultaneously takes the story a littler further, as the movie follows the character until the age of 23, whereas the storyline of the book comes to a halt when he starts secondary school. Delving into the topics of stigmatisation just because someone is different and the building of one’s identity, the plot also shows how the character eventually manages to dig himself out of a very distressing situation thanks to his various encounters.

Having risen to fame in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 1993 with Love Affairs Usually End Badly, Anne Fontaine went on to be selected twice more on the Croisette (with Augustin in Un Certain Regard in 1995 and Oh La La! [+see also:
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out of competition in 2006). She has also been in competition at Venice (Dry Cleaning, which won the Best Screenplay Award in 1997), Locarno (How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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in 2001) and San Sebastián (In His Hands [+see also:
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in 2005). Among her other films, we could mention Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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(2009), Adore [+see also:
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(2013), Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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(2014) and Agnus Dei [+see also:
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(which world-premiered at Sundance 2016).

Produced by Philippe Carcassonne for Ciné@ and by Pierre-Alexandre Schwab for P.A.S. Productions, Marvin is being co-produced by F Comme Film, Mars Films (which will handle the French theatrical distribution) and France 2 Cinéma. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature will continue shooting until 30 September in Paris (for two weeks), Valencia, in the Vosges once again, and lastly three days in Portugal. Its international sales will be handled by TF1 Studio.

(Translated from French)

CNC conférence 6 decembre
 

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