Hands and Ganz to star in Sport de filles
by Fabien Lemercier
Next Monday marks the start of lensing on Sport de filles (“Girls’ Sport”) , the third feature film by Patricia Mazuy, whose talent was revealed with Peaux de vaches (1990 César nominee for Best Debut Film) and confirmed with Saint-Cyr (selected at Cannes Certain Regard in 2000, a Jean Vigo Prize and eight nominations at the 2001 Césars).
Plunging into the universe of competitive horse training, the film will star Marina Hands (2007 César for Best Actress for Lady Chatterley [+see also:
film profile] and starring in Claude Miller’s upcoming Watch While They Dance), renowned Swiss actor Bruno Ganz (who recently starred in Julia's Disappearance [+see also:
interview: Christoph Schaub
film profile] and who received a European Film Award for lifetime achievement in December), and Josiane Balasko (The Hedgehog [+see also:
film profile]). Meanwhile, Caroline Champetier (Of Gods and Men [+see also:
interview: Xavier Beauvois
film profile]) is directing photography.
Co-scripted by Simon Reggiani, the director herself and horse trainer Patrick Le Rolland, the plot revolves around a horse trainer and her search for a horse – her horse. Revolted when all the horses she had trained for competition are stolen, Gracieuse (Hands), a peasant’s daughter, meets Franz Mann (Ganz), a legendary trainer, who is starting from scratch in horse training. The cynical and worn-out Franz also happens to manage a rich landowner’s estate. When Gracieuse finally believes to have found her horse, she realises that talent counts for nothing up against personal interests and financial issues.
Produced by Grégoire Debailly (Lazennec et Associés) and Gilles Sandoz (Maïa Cinéma), Sport de filles is a co-production by German outfit Vandertastic and Arte France Cinéma. Backed by advances on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC) and the Centre region, the film has also received pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. The Centre and Lower-Normandy regions and Germany will host the eight-week shoot. French distribution and worldwide sales are headed by Le Pacte.
(Translated from French)
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