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Filming is due to commence on Alice Winocour’s Proxima

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- A Dharamsala and Darius Films production to be sold by Pathé, the film stars Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger and Alexei Fateev

Filming is due to commence on Alice Winocour’s Proxima
Actress Eva Green, director Alice Winocour and actor Matt Dillon

Alice Winocour will start filming Proxima on 15 February, her third feature film after Augustine [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(discovered at Cannes International Critics' Week in 2012 and nominated for a César for Best Debut Film in 2013) and Disorder [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Alice Winocour
film profile
]
(also unveiled at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard section in 2015 and awarded the Special Jury Prize at AFI Fest).

Starring in her new film – which delves into the world of the European space conquest – is French actress Eva Green (2016 Golden Globe nominee for Best Actress for the series Penny Dreadful and appreciated for her performances in Casino Royale [+see also:
trailer
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]
, Innocents - The Dreamers [+see also:
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interview: Bernardo Bertolucci
film profile
]
and Kingdom of Heaven, among others), the American actor Matt Dillon (nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for Best Supporting Actor in Crash, with excellent performances in Rusty James, Cowboy Drugstore and Mary à tout prix, and due to star in The House That Jack Built by Lars von Trier later this year), the German actor Lars Eidinger (nominated for a German Film Award in 2017 for The Bloom of Yesterday [+see also:
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]
, also appreciated for his performances in Everyone Else [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Maren Ade
film profile
]
, Home for the Weekend [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
Q&A: Laura Bispuri
film profile
]
, Sils Maria [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
]
and Personal Shopper [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Artemio Benki
interview: Olivier Assayas
film profile
]
) and the Russian actor Alexei Fateev (Loveless [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Andrey Zvyagintsev
film profile
]
).

Written by the director along with Swiss-born Jean-Stéphane Bron (who has also previously collaborated on Disorder), the plot focuses on a female astronaut. Living in Cologne and working at the European Space Agency, she learns that she’ll be embarking on a one-year mission to space somewhat sooner than expected, leaving her seven-year-old daughter behind with her father. The film dissects their mother-daughter relationship and how to reconcile a passion, an absolute dream, with having a family life.

Produced by Isabelle Madelaine for Dharamsala and by Emilie Tisné for Darius Films, Proxima was co-produced by France 3 Cinema, Pathé and the German outfit Pandora. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film has also been supported by an advance on earnings from CNC and the regions of Ile-de-France, Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The 45-day shoot is due to take place from 15 February to 30 April in France (30 days), in Kazakhstan (in Baikonur where space flights take off), in Russia (not far from Moscow, in Star City where astronauts are prepped) and in Germany (at the European Space Agency in Cologne). Bac will be driving French distribution and international sales.

Dharamsala has already produced Alice Winocour's first two films, as well as Mascarades [+see also:
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film profile
]
and The Man from Oran [+see also:
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]
by Lyes Salem, April in Love [+see also:
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]
and Nobody Else But You [+see also:
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]
by Gérald Hustache-Mathieu, Young Tiger [+see also:
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]
by Cyprien Vial and C’est ça l’amour by Claire Burger, which is currently in post-production (read the article here).

(Translated from French)

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