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Le Semeur: Marine Francen in a village with a man shortage

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- Pauline Burlet, Géraldine Pailhas and Alban Lenoir are among the cast of this feature debut currently being filmed; it is being produced by Les Films du Worso and sold by Celluloid Dreams

Le Semeur: Marine Francen in a village with a man shortage
Director Marine Francen

Since 16 August, Marine Francen has been in Lozère shooting her feature debut, Le Semeur (lit. “The Sower”). This voyage to the heart of the mid-19th-century French countryside boasts a cast comprising Belgian actress Pauline Burlet (Magritte Award for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for The Past [+see also:
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, also popular in Road to Istanbul [+see also:
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), Géraldine Pailhas (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for Young and Beautiful [+see also:
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), Alban Lenoir (nominated for the Lumière Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for French Blood [+see also:
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), Françoise Lebrun (who recently appeared in The Nun [+see also:
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and My Golden Days [+see also:
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), Iliana Zabeth (House of Tolerance [+see also:
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Mercenary [+see also:
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), Anamaria Vartolomei (nominated for the Lumière Award for Most Promising Actress in 2012 for My Little Princess [+see also:
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), Mama Prassinos (Being 17 [+see also:
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), Raphaëlle AgoguéMargot Abascal and Barbara Probst.

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Written by Marine Francen, Jacqueline Surchat and Jacques Fieschi (who has racked up three nominations for the César Award for Best Screenplay and is Nicole Garcia’s writing partner) and based on the story L'Homme semence by Violette Ailhaud (published in 1919), the story gets under way in 1852. Violette Ailhaud is old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the repression that followed the republican uprising of December 1851. For the next two years, the village is completely cut off. The women swear an oath that if a man should come, he will become their shared husband, so that life may continue to flourish in each of their wombs.

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du WorsoLe Semeur is benefiting from a co-production by Belgian outfit Versus Production, pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+, and backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Languedoc-Roussillon region, and the Cinémage, Indéfilms and Cinéventure Soficas. The shoot will take place in Lozère and will be split into two sessions, the first from 16-26 August, followed by the second from 28 September-24 October. Distribution in French theatres will be handled by ARP Sélection, while the international sales are being managed by Celluloïd Dreams.

As a reminder, Les Films du Worso is also staging Les Gardiennes, the seventh feature by Xavier Beauvois (read the article), which is currently being shot.

(Translated from French)

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