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Depardieu, Béart and Dubosc go disco dancing


Principal photography began in Paris yesterday on Disco, the eight feature by Fabien Onteniente, who helmed the 2006 French box office hit comedy Camping [+see also:
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(5.48m admissions and €32.2m grossed).

For his latest film, the director’s popularity has helped him attract the big names in French cinema. Gérard Depardieu and Emmanuelle Béart will star, while Disco’s lead will be played by Franck Dubosc (actor and co-scriptwriter in Camping). Other cast members include Samuel Le Bihan, Annie Cordy, François-Xavier Demaison, Abbes Zhamani, Florence Foresti, Isabelle Nanty and Christine Citti.

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The story of a group of fortysomethings nostalgic about Saturday night disco fever, Disco centres on out-of-work Didier Travolta (Dubosc). In an effort to make enough money to give his eight year-old son a real holiday, Didier uses the reopening of former Le Havre nightclub, Gin Fizz, as an occasion to reform his group, the Bee Kings.

However, the task is not an easy one, as when putting together a disco show he has to make compromises with nightclub owner François Jackson (Depardieu – clearly hit by music fever himself after The Singer [+see also:
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and La Vie en Rose [+see also:
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) and dance instructor (Béart).

The script was a four-way affair, penned by Onteniente, Dubosc, Philippe Guillard, and Manu Booz.

Produced by Jean-Baptiste Dupont and Cyril Colbeau-Justin for LGM Productions (currently working on Olivier Marchal’s RMR 73, see article) and Jacques Maillot’s Liens du sang [+see also:
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, news), Disco is being co-produced by TF1 Films Production.

With pre-sales from Canal +, the feature will be sold internationally by StudioCanal (also co-producer). The outfit also holds video rights and will release the title in French theatres in the first half of 2008.

The film will shoot for two weeks in Paris, eight in Le Havre and one at the SFP studios in Bry-sur-Marne outside Paris.

(Translated from French)

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