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Jean-Bernard Marlin preparing Shéhérazade


- The winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlin in 2013 will shoot his feature debut in June; the Geko Films production will be sold by Alma Cinéma

Jean-Bernard Marlin preparing Shéhérazade
Director Jean-Bernard Marlin, with his Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlin in 2013

In the space of two short films, Jean-Bernard Marlin has established his own very personal style, founded on a solid choice of cast made up predominantly of non-professionals, and focusing on one particular favourite topic of his: juvenile delinquency. Having turned heads with Thick-skinned in 2007, the filmmaker, who rose to international prominence with The Runaway (Golden Bear at Berlin in 2013, awarded at around ten other festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, nominated for the 2014 César Awards), looks set to continue carving out this niche – one of fiction imbued with a powerful documentary-like realism – with his feature debut, Shéhérazade, which he will shoot in June and July in Marseille.

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Written by the director together with Catherine Paillé (nominated for the 2017 Lumière Award for Best Screenplay for Ogres [+see also:
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, and who also co-penned the script for A Better Life [+see also:
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and those for all of Samuel Collardey’s films, among others), the story begins as 17-year-old Zachary is released from prison. Penniless, he meets Shéhérazade, a young girl who is a prostitute in a working-class area of Marseille...

Produced by Grégoire Debailly for Geko Films, Shéhérazade is being co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the film will be distributed in French theatres by Ad Vitam and will be sold overseas by Alma Cinéma.

As previously reported, Geko Films also currently has Samuel Collardey’s A Polar Year [+see also:
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 in production.

(Translated from French)

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