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Guillaume Brac is back with Contes de juillet

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- The second feature film by the filmmaker, acclaimed in 2013 with Tonnerre, will be unveiled out of competition at Locarno. A Bathysphère production

Guillaume Brac is back with Contes de juillet

Contes de juillet [+see also:
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, which will have its world premiere out of competition a the 70th Locarno Film Festival (2 – 12 August 2017), marks Guillaume Brac’s return to the Swiss festival, where he was chosen for the Filmmakers of the Present section in 2013 with his debut feature, the outstanding Tonnerre [+see also:
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, which went on to win the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best First Film. The director was previously acclaimed by critics for his medium-length feature (released in theatres) Un monde sans femmes [+see also:
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(which was nominated for the César for Best Short Film in 2012, the Lutin for Best Film and Best Actor, won the French Union of Film Critics’ award for Best Short Film, and was awarded at Belfort and Amiens, etc.).

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For Contes de juillet, his second fictional feature, Guillaume Brac has gathered together a cast including Milena Csergo, Lucie Grunstein, Jean Joudé, Théo Chedeville, Kenza LagnaouiHanne Mathisen Haga, Andrea Romano, Sipan Mouradian, Salomé Dienis Meulien and Roman Jean-Elie.

Written by the director, the screenplay tells two stories involving five girls and five boys one day in summer, in Paris and its suburbs. Entitled "Sunday friend", the first part centres around Milena and Lucie, two work colleagues who make the most of a sunny Sunday to go for a swim at the outdoor activities centre in Cergy-Pontoise. But their encounter with an invasive security officer puts their blossoming friendship in jeopardy. The second part of the film, entitled "Hanne and Bastille Day" sees a young Norwegian student find herself lock horns with three men in succession while the festivities of 14 July are in full swing. All of them end up spending the evening together on the university campus.

Produced by Nicolas Anthomé for Bathysphère (which is also selling the film internationally), Contes de juillet was co-produced by the Conservatoire National Supérieur d'Art Dramatique.

Bathysphère has been riding a wave of success as of late, with three of its films presented at Cannes (Makala [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Gras, which was awarded the Grand Prix in Critics’ Week, Alive in France [+see also:
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by Abel Ferrara in Directors’ Fortnight and The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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by Ilan Klipper in ACID), after having another of its films chosen for the Generation section of the Berlin Film Festival back in February: Wallay [+see also:
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by Berni Goldblat.

(Translated from French)

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