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Olivier Marchal wraps up filming on Carbon

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- Benoît Magimel and Laura Smet star in a film centering around "the scam of the century". A Les Films Manuel Munz production

Olivier Marchal wraps up filming on Carbon
Olivier Marchal and Benoît Magimel on the set of Carbon (© Mika Cotellon)

The last clapperboard slammed this week on French-Belgium co-production Carbon, the 5th fictional feature film by Olivier Marchal following on from Gangsters (2002), 36 [+see also:
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(which received eight César nominations in 2005, including for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay) MR73 [+see also:
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(2008) and Gang Story [+see also:
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(2011). The director, who is a former policeman and is also known internationally for TV series Braquo, brought together a cast featuring Benoît Magimel (who won the performance award at Cannes in 2001 for The Piano Teacher and the César for Best Supporting Actor in 2016 for Standing Tall [+see also:
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, and was recently acclaimed in 150 Milligrams [+see also:
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), Laura Smet (who was nominated for the 2004 César for Most Promising Actress for Eager Bodies, was acclaimed for her performance in Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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interview: Jalil Lespert
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and French Dolls [+see also:
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among others, and who we’ll see next year in Les Gardiennes), rapper Gringe (who we saw on the big screen in Comment c'est loin [+see also:
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), Idir Chender (a rising star with a background in theatre), Michaël Youn (Héros [+see also:
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), Dani (who was nominated for the 2007 César for Best Supporting Actress for Orchestra Seats [+see also:
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), Patrick Catalifo, the famous Gérard Depardieu, Moussa Maaskri and Vladimir Ostermann.

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Written by Emmanuel Naccache (the director of Kidon [+see also:
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) with contributions from the director, the screenplay centres around Antoine Roca, an ordinary man who risks losing his business and stages a scam which turns into the heist of the century. Caught up in a life of crime, he must deal with betrayal, murder and score settling. A plot inspired by a real-life case from 2008-2009 of VAT fraud on carbon emission quotas, which the Court of Auditors described as "the scam of the century".

Produced by Les Films Manuel Munz, Carbon is being co-produced by EuropaCorp and Belgian company Nexus Factory, and has been pre-purchased by OCS and Ciné+. Distribution in France will be handled by EuropaCorp on 1 November 2017.

(Translated from French)

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