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Guillaume Brac to make feature debut with Tonnerre

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- After his notable medium-length film Un monde sans femmes, the filmmaker is to start shooting his first feature, a Rectangle production, this December

Guillaume Brac to make feature debut with Tonnerre

Filming for Guillaume Brac’s first feature, Tonnerre (lit. “Thunder”), is to start in Burgundy towards the middle of December. After great press coverage for his medium-length film Un monde sans femmes (lit. "A world without women" - released in cinemas and nominated for a 2012 Cesar for best short film, Lutin awards for Best Film and Best Actor, Best Short from the French Critics’ Syndicate, awards in Belfort and Amiens...), the filmmaker is now to make his feature debut with a dramatic comedy starring his favourite actor Vincent Macaigne (A Burning Hot Summer [+see also:
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) beside veteran actor Bernard Menez (Love Lasts Three Years [+see also:
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) and Solène Rigot (17 Girls [+see also:
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, Moon Child [+see also:
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).

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Written by the filmmaker and Hélène Ruault together with Catherine Paillé, the screenplay for Tonnerre recounts the story of Maxime, a 33-year-old musician, who has come to find refuge in his father’s home in the town of Tonnerre. There, he will have the joy and the bad luck of meeting Mélodie, a 21-year-old girl trapped by her love for her childhood sweetheart. One and the other will not experience the same story at the same time, which will trigger a series of thunderclaps. They will awaken on the margins of a news item.

Produced by Alice Girard for Rectangle Productions, Tonnerre is notably to benefit from a co-production by France 3 Cinéma, a pre-acquisition by Ciné +, and the support of the Burgundy region where the film’s seven to eight weeks of shooting are set to take place until the end of January 2013. The plan includes five weeks of shooting in Tonnerre, but also shots in Collan, in the Morvan area, and in Auxerre (with sequences involving the AJA football club). Le film is to be distributed in French cinemas by Wild Bunch, and negotiations are ongoing for its international sales.

Rectangle Productions (directed by Edouard Weil), which at the end of August released Xavier Giannoli’s Superstar [+see also:
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(in the competition in Venice), also has the following titles in post-production: Valérie Donzelli’s Hand in Hand (read more - due out in France on December 19 – to compete at the next Rome Film Festival from November 9 to 17), Valérie Lemercier’s 100% Cachemire (read more), Guillaume Gallienne’s Me Myself and Mum (starring Diane Kruger – read more) and Jérôme Bonnell’s Le temps de l’aventure (read more).

(Translated from French)

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