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Serge Bozon shooting Mrs. Hyde

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- Yesterday the first clapperboard slammed with Isabelle Huppert, José Garcia and Romain Duris. A French-Belgian co-production being produced by Les Films Pelléas and sold by MK2

Serge Bozon shooting Mrs. Hyde
Director Serge Bozon

Yesterday filming started in the Lyon region on Serge Bozon’s third feature film: Mrs. Hyde. Following France [+see also:
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and Tip Top [+see also:
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(acclaimed in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2007 and 2013 respectively), the highly original French filmmaker has now chosen to loosely adapt Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novella The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, which has already inspired a plethora of films (most notably by Rouben Mamoulian in 1932, Victor Fleming in 1941, Jerry Lewis in 1963 and Stephen Frears in 1996).

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The cast of his new opus features Isabelle Huppert (who won the award for Best Actress at Cannes in 1978 and 2001, the Volpi Cup at Venice in 1988 and 1995, has received 13 nominations for the César for Best Actress since 1978 – most notably in 2016 for Valley of Love [+see also:
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– and won it once in 1996; we recently saw her at her best in Elle [+see also:
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, and will see her in Happy End, among others, next year), José Garcia (nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2006 for his performance in The Axe [+see also:
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; in theatres on 21 December this year in A fond), and Romain Duris (nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2006 for The Beat That My Heart Skipped [+see also:
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, in 2011 for Heartbreaker [+see also:
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, and in 2015 for The New Girlfriend [+see also:
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; currently starring in Odd Job [+see also:
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, we will also soon see him in Iris [+see also:
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, Ceasefire [+see also:
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, La confession and Fleuve noir).

Written by Serge Bozon and his usual partner in crime Axelle Ropert, the screenplay centers around Mrs. Géquil, an eccentric teacher who is despised by her colleagues and her students. One stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she comes to, she feels completely different… but will Mrs. Géquil be able to control the powerful and dangerous Mrs. Hyde who also now lives inside her?

Produced by David Thion for Les Films Pelléas, Mrs. Hyde is being co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, and Belgian company Frakas Productions. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is also being supported by an advance on receipts from the CNC, the Île-de-France region and the Cinémage and Indéfilms SOFICAS. Shooting will take place over three weeks in the Lyon region before continuing in the Parisian region for another four. The film will be distributed in France by Haut et Court, and international sales are being handled by MK2.

Les Films Pelléas, which did very well at Venice and Toronto this year with Heal the Living [+see also:
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by Katell Quillévéré (which has been sold almost all over the world and will be released in theatres on 2 November) unveiled The Apple of My Eye [+see also:
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by Axelle Ropert in competition at Locarno (due to be released in France on 21 December), and co-produced animated film The Girl Without Hands [+see also:
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by Sébastien Laudenbach (which was unveiled in the ACID section at Cannes and is slated for release on 14 December). The company also produced three films that were released in the first half of 2016: Parisienne [+see also:
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by Danielle Arbid, Sophie’s Misfortunes [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré and Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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by Arthur Harari. At the moment it is working on documentary L'Opéra de Paris by Jean-Stéphane Bron (currently being edited) and the upcoming feature film by Pierre Salvadori (currently in the planning stages).

(Translated from French)

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