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Fragility of feelings in Cordier’s Happy Few

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Discovered in 2005 in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight with Cold Showers [+see also:
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, which also won the Louis Delluc Award for Best Debut Film the same year, Antony Cordier will start shooting his second feature, Happy Few, on July 15 in Paris.

The cast includes an impressive quartet of actors: Marina Foïs (nominated for the Best Actress Cesar 2008 for Darling [+see also:
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), Nicolas Duvauchelle (Secrets of State [+see also:
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), Roschdy Zem (Best Actor at Cannes 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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) and Elodie Bouchez (Best Actress on the Croisette in 1998 for The Dreamlife of Angels).

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Co-written by the director and Julie Peyr, Happy Few explores the motivating forces behind adult love affairs: two couples meet and fall in love, lose sight of each other in the confusion and end up pulling through. In his film, Cordier tries to define "the fragility of feelings and amorous desire".

Happy Few is produced by Why Not Productions for €3.8m. This includes an advance on receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC) and €384,000 in backing from the Ile-de-France region.

The 40-day shoot will take place in Paris and wrap up on September 2. Domestic distribution will be handled by Le Pacte, while international sales are being managed by Wild Bunch.

This summer, Why Not will see three of its latest productions hit screens: Bruno PodalydèsBancs Publics (Versailles-Rive Droite) [+see also:
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(“Public Benches - Versailles Right Bank”) on July 8; Jacques Audiard’s Cannes prize-winner A Prophet [+see also:
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on August 26; and Christophe Honoré’s Non Ma Fille, Tu n'Iras Pas Danser [+see also:
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(“No, My Daughter, You Won’t Go Dancing”) on September 2.

Meanwhile, the Paris-based company’s co-production Looking for Eric [+see also:
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interview: Cannes 2009
Ken Loach

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by Ken Loach has garnered 440,000 admissions in five weeks in France. Why Not also has Claire Denis’ White Material [+see also:
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in the offing.

(Translated from French)

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