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Jacques Molitor’s Mammejong starts shooting

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- The first fiction feature of Luxembourg shorts and documentary director started shooting this week

Jacques Molitor’s Mammejong starts shooting

The feature fiction debut of 33-year-old Luxembourg director Jacques Molitor (photo) started shooting in the Grand Duchy on Thursday. The project is called Mammejong and looks at the complex relationship of a 19-year-old son with his provincial mother, who finds it hard to let her son go.

Mammejong (which could be roughly translated as “Mamma’s Boy”) comes on the heels of several short films including En compagnie de la poussière, which was selected for the Pardi di domain at Locarno in 2008. 

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Molitor also directed several episodes of the Luxembourg sitcom Comeback (from show runner Bernard Michaux, who also produced Mammejong) and recently made the feature-length documentary Sweetheart Come, about sex and fetishes in the Grand Duchy. The director’s first feature reportedly also contains some provocative material.

Mammejong tells the story of 19-year-old Flëpp, who must finally undo the unhealthy ties that bind him to his manically depressed mother, the widowed Sophie, in order to get closer to the mysterious Leena, who is Flëpp’s own age.

The entire story will be in Luxembourgish, the local language, and takes place in rural Luxembourg. Shooting started in the tiny village of Rambrouch and will entirely be done in the Grand Duchy, with the interiors shot at the Filmland Studios in Kehlen.

Max Thommes will play Flëpp, while veteran local actress Myriam Muller will play his mother. Leena will be played by Maja Mirela Juric, an actress of Bosnian descent. Former Luxembourg Shooting Star Jules Werner co-stars, as do Christiane Rausch, Joe Blitgen, Robin Morais, Loic Pavant and Zoé Galassi.

The film is a co-production between local producer Bernard Michaux’s Lucil Film and Belgian outfit Wrong Men North. The Luxembourg Film Fund provided financial backing for the project, which is expected to hit screens in the second half of 2014.

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