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Lou !: the cartoon continues its conquest of cinema

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- A new cartoon adaptation is being filmed by Julien Neel with Ludivine Sagnier and Nathalie Baye in the cast

Lou !: the cartoon continues its conquest of cinema

Since last Monday, Julien Neel has begun the filming of the adaptation of his own cartoon, Lou ! Journal infime, which already sold 2 million copies in 19 countries. The cast features young actress Lola Lasseron, Ludivine Sagnier (nominated for the César in 2004 and 2008 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and who filmed Tristesse Club last summer – read the article), Kyan Khojandi (a comedian from television) and Nathalie Baye (César for Best Actress in 1983 and 2006; appreciated last year in Laurence Anyways [+see also:
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).

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The adaptation of cartoons for cinema is currently in full swing in the French cinematographic production. From the Palme d'or Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
film profile
]
by Abdellatif Kechiche (738,000 admissions in France in two weeks)to Lulu femme nue by Solveig Anspach (read the news – to be released on January 22, 2014), as well as Joséphine [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(591,000 admissions in France last summer), Benoît Brisefer: les taxis rouges by Manuel Pradal (filming with Jean Reno and Gérard Jugnot) and Les vacances du Petit Nicolas by Laurent Tirard (in post-production), to only mention a few. The trend is flourishing.

Written by the neo-director with Marc Syrigas (who already co-signed Les beaux gosses [+see also:
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), the screenplay of Lou ! Journal infime focuses on Lou, a young creative and daydreaming 12-year-old girl. She lives alone with her mother, Emma, who set aside her life as a woman to take care of her daughter. Their seemingly comfortable nest nevertheless hides a few flaws: Emma is stagnating and slowly slipping towards melancholia while Lou is obsessed with her young neighbour Tristan, leaving her group of friends behind... Their bubble bursts when Emma begins an emotional rebirth and a first kiss sends Lou straight into the intoxicating years of adolescence.

Produced by Bruno Levy for Move Movie and Harold Valentin for Mother Production, Lou ! Journal infime benefits from coproductions by France 2 Cinéma, Cinéfrance 1888 and StudioCanal (which will handle the French release on October 15, 2014 and international sales). Also pre-purchased by Canal+, filming will continue until January 16 at the Bry-sur-Marne studios and in Paris, with Pierre Millon (the partner of Laurent Cantet amongst others) in charge of cinematography.

Move Movie will launch on December 18 Suzanne [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Katell Quillévéré
film profile
]
by Katell Quillévéré (appreciated at the Critics’ Week in Cannes – read the review and watch the interview of the director) and on February 26, 2014, On a failli être amies by Anne Le Ny (read the article), two films distributed by Mars. The company is also planning the filming of Respire by Mélanie Laurent.

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(Translated from French)

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