Rottiers gets to grips with natural world in Last Winter
Having kicked off on October 25, shooting is in full swing in Laguiole in the Midi-Pyrénées region on Belgian/French/Swiss co-production Last Winter . This debut feature by US-born, Brussels-based director John Shank brings together an impressive cast, including Vincent Rottiers (nominated for Best Male Newcomer Cesar 2010 for I’m Glad That My Mother Is Alive [+see also:
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Co-scripted by the director and Vincent Poymiro, the film is set on an isolated plateau and centres on Johann (Rottiers), who has taken over his father’s farm and pours all his energy into it.
When he can, he brings his sister back to the farm for a few days, then takes her back to the institute where she is receiving treatment. He also sees Julie, a young woman with whom he has an intense love affair. But the farm’s economic stability is under threat and Johan becomes increasingly withdrawn.
43% produced by Belgium via Tarantula, Last Winter is coproduced by France via Silex Films (44% investment - executive coproducer)and by Switzerland (PCT Cinéma-Télévision) for around €2.8m. The film has received a €380,000 advance on receipts from France’s National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), backing from the Belgian French Community Film and Audiovisual Centre (€330,000), the Eurimages fund (€350,000), the Vlaams Audiovisual Fund (VAF), the Belgian Tax Shelter, the Midi-Pyrénées region and a pre-acquisition from CinéCinéma.
Shooting is scheduled to last seven weeks in Aveyron. The film will be released in Belgium by Cinéart, in Switzerland by Monopole Pathé and in France by Le Pacte. The latter will also handle international sales.
(Translated from French)
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