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Full House hedges its bets on The Brotherhood of Tears

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- Jérémie Rénier carries a strange briefcase not to be opened under any circumstances in a film by Jean-Baptiste Andréa that is about to start shooting.

Full House hedges its bets on The Brotherhood of Tears

Next Thursday will mark the beginning of seven weeks of shooting for Jean-Baptiste Andréa's third feature, The Brotherhood of Tears. The director discovered with Dead End (2003) and Big Nothing (2006) is now to direct a cast including Jérémie Rénier (photo - recently well-reviewed for his performances in Potiche [+see also:
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, The Kid with a Bike [+see also:
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, Cloclo [+see also:
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, and even Elefante blanco [+see also:
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), Audrey Fleurot (The Intouchables [+see also:
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), Bouli Lanners (Rust & Bone [+see also:
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, Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
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), Mélusine Mayance (Sarah's Keys [+see also:
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), and Antoine Basler.

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Written by the director and Gaël Malry, the screenplay centres on 38-year-old Gabriel Chevalier, a former member of the criminal investigation department. He is unemployed and marginal with a daughter to look after, when a previous informer offers him the job of carrying a briefcase whose contents he ignores in exchange for a fabulous fee. His employers, whose identity he ignores, assure him that the briefcase contains nothing illegal. Gabriel, who thinks the money will solve all his problems, accepts the terms of the contract: to never, under any circumstances, open the briefcase. His deliveries takes him to strange destinations to meet even stranger clients. Gabriel fast becomes rich, finally emerging from years of misery. But as he starts to take himself back in hand, his conscience and policeman's instinct are reawakened…

Produced by Didar Domehri, Laurent Baudens, and Gaël Nouaille for Full House (Maneki Films' label) and Borsalino Productions, The Brotherhood of Tears is co-produced by Direct Cinéma, the Belgians from Saga Film (Jean-Jacques Neira) and the Luxembourg nationals from Red Lion (Jeanne Geiben). With pre-acquisitions by Canal + and Ciné +, the film is also supported by Sofica Soficinéma, Palatine Etoile, and Cofinova, as well as Back Up Films and U Film (Belgian tax shelter). Filming is to take place in France, Belgium, and Luxembourg with Jean-Pierre Sauvaire as director of photography. Rezo and Victory Productions are handling the film's distribution in, respectively, France and the Benelux. Films Distribution is in charge of its international sales.

Set up in 2009, Full House already has the following titles in its filmography: Wang Xiaoshuai's 11 Flowers (selected for Toronto and San Sebastian in 2011) and two works selected for Cannes 2012 in its Un Certain Regard section: ensemble film 7 Days in Havana [+see also:
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and Elefante Blanco (minority co-production).

(Translated from French)

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