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Shooting about to start on Les Filles de Reims by Julien Hallard

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- The filmmaker’s debut feature hones in on the beginnings of women’s football, with the Les Films Velvet production set to star Vanessa Guide and Max Boublil

Shooting about to start on Les Filles de Reims by Julien Hallard
Director Julien Hallard

5 September will mark the slamming of the first clapperboard on Les Filles de Reims, the debut feature by Julien Hallard, a filmmaker acclaimed most notably for his short films People Are Strange, Cheveu and Vinyl (both of which were selected for the national competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2010), along with Meeting Vincent Gallo (which featured in the Leopards of Tomorrow competition at Locarno in 2008). So far, we know that the cast will feature Vanessa Guide (Les nouvelles aventures d'Aladin [+see also:
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), Max Boublil (The Brats [+see also:
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, Prêt à tout [+see also:
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), Bruno Lochet (The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Hafsia Herzi
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]
), Zoé Héran (who was nominated for the Lumière for Most Promising Actress in 2012 for her performance in Tomboy [+see also:
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trailer
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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]
), Belgian actress Mona Walravens (nominated for the Magritte for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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]
), Julie Moulier (A Place on Earth [+see also:
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festival scope
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]
), Solène Rigot (Tonnerre [+see also:
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), Delphine Baril, Sarah Suco, and Carole Franck.

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Written by Julien Hallard, Jean-Christophe Bouzy (who has a background in editing and has previously worked on several of the director’s short films, as well as, more recently, Good Luck Algeria [+see also:
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and Raw [+see also:
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interview: Julia Ducournau
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) and Claude Le Pape (who was nominated for the César for Best Screenplay in 2015 for Love At First Fight [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Cailley
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]
), the story begins in Reims, in 1969. Paul Coutard, a charming 30-year-old, is a sports journalist at daily newspaper Le Champenois. Following a misdemeanour involving the coach of the Reims football team, he is demoted to the position of event organiser alongside Emmanuelle Bruno, the executive assistant. The drudgery soon evolves into a challenge: they’re going to organise a women’s football match. With the support of Emmanuelle, who keeps his cards close to his chest, the project grows to unexpected proportions. With their team of female players, Coutard and Emmanuelle can’t fail to turn the French football world upside down. 

Produced by Frédéric Jouve for Les Films Velvet (which also worked with the director on five of his short films), Les Filles de Reims is being co-produced by Les Armateurs, Mars Films (which will also distribute the film in France), and D8. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also being supported by the Indéfilms SOFICA and the Poitou-Charentes region. Filming is set to last eight weeks until 29 October in Poitou-Charentes, Paris and Ile-de-France. International sales will be handled by Indie Sales

Next week, Les Films Velvet will showcase Planetarium [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by Rebecca Zlotowski (starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp and due to be released in France on 16 November by Ad Vitam) at Venice (out of competition) and Toronto (in the Gala Presentations section). The Parisian company is also currently working on the production of Une vie violente by Thierry de Peretti (see article), and successfully released Good Luck Algeria by Farid Bentoumi this year, having previously produced, among others, Belle épine [+see also:
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and Grand Central [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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by Rebecca Zlotowski, as well as 40-Love [+see also:
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by Stéphane Demoustier.

(Translated from French)

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