Denis Podalydès heads up the cast of H4/9.3
by Fabien Lemercier
- Léa Drucker will feature alongside the actor in Olivier Ayache-Vidal’s first feature film, staged by Sombrero Films and Atelier de Production
Filming for Olivier Ayache-Vidal’s H4/9.3 has entered the home stretch today after it recommenced shooting for another two-and-a-half week period in the Parisian region. This session follows an initial four weeks in July-August. The director (who made a name for himself with his short films Welcome to China, Coming Out, Mon dernier rôle and Undercover) has put together a cast that includes names such as Denis Podalydès (a 2012 and 2013 César nominee for Best Actor for his roles in The Conquest [+see also:
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Written by Ayache-Vidal, the screenplay centres on François Foucault, an associate professor of French literature at one of the most selective and elitist high schools in Paris, the lycée Henri IV. Following a series of events, he is forced to accept a one-year transfer to a school in a Parisian suburb classed REP+ (a high-priority education network). He fears the worst, and rightly so...
Produced by Alain Benguigui for Sombrero Films and Thomas Verhaeghe for Atelier de Production, H4/9.3 is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Rights to the film, which will be distributed in the second half of 2017 and sold internationally by Bac Films, have also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+.
Following two days of shooting in Morocco this week, Sombrero Films and Atelier de Production will also wrap shooting for Eric Lavaine’s romantic comedy L’embarras du choix, which features Alexandra Lamy playing a woman who falls in love with two men. Arnaud Ducret, Anne Marivin, Sabrina Ouazani, and Jamie Bamber will also appear in the film, which will be distributed by Pathé.
As a final note, Sombrero Films is also co-producing Yanna Gozlan’s Burn Out, principal photography for which is currently underway (read the article).
(Translated from French)