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Guillaume Canet clears the hurdles with Jappeloup

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- The actor plays the main role and wrote the screenplay for Christian Duguay's film on the epic tale of the horse that won the Olympic show-jumping championship in Seoul

Guillaume Canet clears the hurdles with Jappeloup

Director (Little White Lies [+see also:
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and very soon, Blood Ties) and actor (in L’Affaire Farewell [+see also:
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 and A Better Life [+see also:
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), Guillaume Canet (photo) had never written a screenplay for another filmmaker. Now he has, with Jappeloup [+see also:
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directed by Christian Duguay (article), a movie in which he also plays the main role and which is released today in French cinemas by Pathé.

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Freely adapted by Canet from the novel Crin Noir by Karine Devilder, the feature-length film tells the extraordinary tale of the little black horse, Jappeloup, and his rider, Pierre Durand, who won the Olympic show-jumping title in 1988. The cast also includes Daniel AuteuilMarina Hands and Lou de Laâge.

"The film is just as I dreamt it would be : a sort of Rocky in the equestrian world, a sports adventure based on a strong human story" says Guillaume Canet. "It has everything I love in popular movies: daunting challenges, wonderful characters, a little humour, lots of emotion. And visually, it is very esthetic".

"Producer Pascal Judelewicz had dreamt about making this film since 1995. I found his enthusiasm surprising, appealing… and finally convincing (…). Afterwards, I wanted to inject more personal things into the screenplay. My father was a horse-breeder, he got into serious debt to set up his company. When I was 18, I had a really tough time telling him that I was ending everything to become an actor. I had had a serious riding accident, and I no longer had the same passion for winning. In my personal life, I had simply ruled out horse-riding," says the actor-screenwriter - whom the filming of Jappeloup has literally lifted back into the saddle, as he has bought a horse and returned to the world of competition.

This Wednesday's releases also include the excellent Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
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 by Bruno Dumont (widely appreciated in competition in Berlin, with Juliette Binoche topping the bill – distribution ARP Sélection), Queen of Montreuil [+see also:
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interview: Solveig Anspach
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 by Solveig Anspach (discovered in the Venice Days 2012 - Diaphana Distribution) and Nights with Theodore [+see also:
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 by Sébastien Betbeder (selected for Toronto - article - Arizona Films Distribution).

Non-French European cinema is very well-represented by Le mur invisible by Austrian director Juan Roman Pölsler (discovered in the Berlinale Panorama 2012 with German actress Martina Gedeck in the main role - news - distribution Bodega Films) and The Artist and the Model [+see also:
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 by Spanish director Fernando Trueba (crowned Best Director in San Sebastian - Bac Films). Finally, our survey of new offerings is completed by the documentaries Notre monde by Thomas Lacoste (Shellac) and A Normal Life. Chronicle of a Sumo Wrestler by Jill Coulon (Aloest).

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(Translated from French)

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