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Mikhaël Hers’ Amanda in the starting blocks

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- Vincent Lacoste, Isaure Multrier and Stacy Martin are among the cast of this Nord-Ouest production being sold by MK2 and set to be distributed in France by Pyramide

Mikhaël Hers’ Amanda in the starting blocks
Actors Vincent Lacoste and Stacy Martin

The first clapperboard will slam on 2 August for Amanda, the third feature by Mikhaël Hers, after Memory Lane [+see also:
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 (which was unveiled in Filmmakers of the Present at Locarno in 2010 and arrived after three medium-length films that were all selected at Cannes) and This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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 (screened at Rotterdam in 2016). The cast includes Vincent Lacoste (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2010 for Hippocrates [+see also:
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, the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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 and the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2010 for The French Kissers [+see also:
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; Lacoste has also been filming this year in Première année by Thomas Lilti and Plaire... by Christophe Honoré), young actress Isaure Multrier and Stacy Martin (who rose to fame in Nymphomaniac: Volume I [+see also:
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interview: Louise Vesth
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 and II [+see also:
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, was popular in such films as Taj Mahal [+see also:
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 and put on a strong performance in the recent Cannes title Redoubtable [+see also:
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).

Co-written by Mikhaël Hers and Maud Ameline (nominated for the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2013 for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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 and who recently co-penned Until the Birds Return [+see also:
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), the story kicks off in modern-day Paris. Twenty-year-old David lives in the moment. He juggles a variety of different odd jobs and continues to put off – just for a while longer – the time to make more serious decisions. This solitary daydreamer succumbs to the charm of Lena, a newly arrived neighbour. But the relaxed pace of his life shifts up a gear when his elder sister is brutally killed in an attack. He must then take charge of his seven-year-old niece, Amanda.

Produced by Pierre Guyard (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move in 2015 and the winner of the César Award for Best First Feature Film the same year with Love at First Fight [+see also:
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) for Nord-Ouest FilmsAmanda is being co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also being supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Aquitaine region, and the La Banque Postale Image and Manon Soficas. The nine-week shoot will take place from 2 August-10 October in Paris, London, Bordeaux and Périgueux. The French distribution will be handled by Pyramide, while the international sales are entrusted to MK2.

Nord-Ouest Films currently has My Boy [+see also:
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 by Christian Carion (starring Guillaume Canet and Mélanie Laurent), If You Saw His Heart [+see also:
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 by Joan Chemla (starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Marina Vacth) and Ami-Ami by Victor Saint-Macary (see the news) in post-production, while the firm’s animated movie Dilili à Paris by Michel Ocelot is currently in production.

(Translated from French)

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