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Lolita Chammah investigates in Passer l’hiver

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- Olivier Adam’s work has once again been adapted for cinema in Aurélia Barbet’s first feature produced by Serge Duveau

Lolita Chammah investigates in Passer l’hiver

After already three adaptations of his novels for the silver screen (Lightweight in 2004, Don’t Worry, I’m Fine [+see also:
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in 2006, and Des vents contraires [+see also:
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in 2011), French writer Olivier Adam has inspired yet another feature film. On February 27, filming will start for Passer l’hiver (lit. “Passing the winter”), an adaptation of his short story Nouvel an (lit. “New Year”), from his short story collection Passer l’hiver which won the Goncourt award for best short story in 2004. Aurélia Barbet’s film is to feature Gabrielle Lazure (A Happy Event [+see also:
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) and Lolita Chammah(photo - Copacabana [+see also:
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, Memory Lane [+see also:
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, Farewell, My Queen [+see also:
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).

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Co-written by the director and Christophe Cousin, the script starts on the evening of December 31. Claire (Gabrielle Lazure) and Martine (Lolita Chammah), who work at a service station on the motorway, spend an unexpected New Year’s Eve. A man passing by suddenly offers to take Claire away with him. Martine is at first confused, then worried about this disappearance. She starts an investigation to find Claire, that will both plunge her into her friend’s past and turn her own life upside down.

Produced by Serge Duveau for Pickpocket Productions, Passer l’hiver has be awarded funding from the Centre National du Cinéma et de l’image animée (CNC), as well as support from Sofica Cofinova and the regions of Brittany and the Pays de la Loire. The film’s five weeks of shooting will be held in Nantes and on the Brittany coast. Shellac is to distribute the film in French cinemas during the first half of 2013.

Serge Duveau has a good track record in uncovering young talent, and has notably produced the first feature films of Isabelle Czakja (L’année suivante [+see also:
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and co-produced Living on Love Alone [+see also:
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), Sylvie Verheyde (Un frère), Gilles Bourdos (Inquiétudes), and Michel Spinosa (Emmène-moi and co-produced Enchanted Interlude).

(Translated from French)

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