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Shooting imminent for Samuel Tilman's first feature film, Une part d’ombre


- Principal photography for the Belgian director's first film, which features Fabrizio Rongione and Natacha Régnier, will begin this week

Shooting imminent for Samuel Tilman's first feature film, Une part d’ombre
Actors Fabrizio Rongione and Natacha Régnier

This week will see Brussels-based director Samuel Tilman begin shooting for his first feature film, The Benefit of the Doubt (lit. "A Touch of Darkness"). Tilman has previously directed the feature-length documentary Black Heart White Men and has just completed the docu-ficition Le Dernier Gaulois, broadcast on France 2. His short film, A Sleepless Night, received the 2011 Magritte Award for Best Short Film.

In The Benefit of The Doubt, Fabrizio Rongione plays David, the young father of a large family: his wife, whom he loves, two adorable young children, and a tight-knit group of friends, with whom they go on communal holidays. But, upon returning from their latest sojourn in the Vosges, David is stopped by the police and questioned about a murder. The investigation quickly reveals that, in spite of its flawless appearance, David's life is not as perfect as he makes it seem. And while Noël, his best friend, and Marco, his lawyer, support him unquestioningly, doubt starts to spread and factions form. Slowly but surely, loyalties begin to fray, and everyone is left wondering: is David really innocent?

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Featuring alongside Rongione is a cast that includes Natacha Régnier, as well as Yoann Blanc (the protagonist of the television series La Trêve), Myriem Akheddiou (frequently seen treading the boards, but who has also recently appeared in some of the Dardenne brothers' titles), Christophe Paou (Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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is produced by Eklektik Production, a society co-founded by Samuel Tilman, in co-production with Serendipity Films (Belgium), Good Fortune and Urban Factory (France), as well as Point Prod (Switzerland). The film has received support from the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the Vlaams Audiovisueel Fonds (VAF), the RTBF, BeTV, Screen Brussels, the federal Tax Shelter, the Alsace Region, the Beaumarchais foundation, the RTS, and Cinéforom.

(Translated from French)

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