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Marta Bergman shoots Seule à mon mariage

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- The Belgian documentary maker is currently wrapping up filming on her first fictional feature

Marta Bergman shoots Seule à mon mariage
Alina Serban in Seule à mon mariage

A former student at the INSAS, Marta Bergman is known for her documentary work, more specifically with and around Rom communities. We owe it to her for films such as Clejani, Heureux Séjour, and Un jour mon prince viendra, which follows the quest of three young Romanian girls for a Western man – and a better life. Herein lie the seedlings for fictional piece Seule à mon mariage

Pamela is a young single mother who feels smothered by the Rom community of her village in Romania. She has had to drop out of school to take care of her baby, and spends her time under the watchful eye of her grandmother. The three of them live in a  shack and share the same bed. Pamela dreams of another life. She sees herself as a police officer in a country where men aren’t as macho as her lover, the accordionist, or losers like Marian, a small-time gangster who’s madly in love with her. She has sworn to find herself a husband who will allow her to become an emancipated woman. Through a wedding agency, Pamela meets a Belgian man from whom she hides the fact that she has a daughter. She ends up abandoning her child to go and be with him. 

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For the key role of Pamela, Marta Bergman chose Alina Serban, a young Romanian actress who rose to prominence in Bucharest with a one woman show that she wrote and performed all over Europe. For a few years now she’s been living in London, where she has appeared in several plays and television series. 

Starring opposite her is Flemish actor Tom Vermeir, who recently starred in Belgica [+see also:
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, in the role of Bruno, the Belgian man. Alongside them is a cast of Romanian actors (Viorica Tudor, Marian Samu), and a solid Belgian cast, featuring the likes of Jonas Bloquet (nominated for the César for Most Promising Actor for his performance in Elle [+see also:
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by Paul Verhoeven), Johan Leysen (Tonic Immobility [+see also:
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, Souvenir [+see also:
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, The Brand New Testament [+see also:
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, The Missing), and Achille Ridolfi (In the Name of the Son [+see also:
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, All Yours [+see also:
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, Trepalium). The cast also includes French actress Marie Denarnaud (La Taularde [+see also:
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, Breathe [+see also:
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, Les Liens du Sang).

Filming, which started on 23 January 2017, has been taking place in Romania and Belgium, where it will wrap on 10 March. Seule à mon mariage is being produced by Frakas Production, which is currently preparing to start filming for Troisièmes Noces, the third feature film by David Lambert, starring Bouli Lanners, Rachel Mwanza and Virginie Hocq. Frakas also recently co-produced Raw [+see also:
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, Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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, Heal the Living [+see also:
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and Daguerrotype [+see also:
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The film has received support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, Wallimage, RTBF, screen.brussels, Proximus and Casa Kafka, as well as writing support from the CNC. The film is an (almost) 100% Belgian production in terms of its funding. Zélila Films and Avenue B Productions are serving as associate producers in France, and Hi Film is the line producer in Romania. 

(Translated from French)

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