Jean-Bernard Marlin preparing Shéhérazade
by Fabien Lemercier
- The winner of the Golden Bear for Best Short Film at Berlin in 2013 will shoot his feature debut in June; the Geko Films production will be sold by Alma Cinéma
In the space of two short films, Jean-Bernard Marlin has established his own very personal style, founded on a solid choice of cast made up predominantly of non-professionals, and focusing on one particular favourite topic of his: juvenile delinquency. Having turned heads with Thick-skinned in 2007, the filmmaker, who rose to international prominence with The Runaway (Golden Bear at Berlin in 2013, awarded at around ten other festivals, including Clermont-Ferrand, nominated for the 2014 César Awards), looks set to continue carving out this niche – one of fiction imbued with a powerful documentary-like realism – with his feature debut, Shéhérazade [+see also:
film profile], which he will shoot in June and July in Marseille.
Written by the director together with Catherine Paillé (nominated for the 2017 Lumière Award for Best Screenplay for Ogres [+see also:
film profile], and who also co-penned the script for A Better Life [+see also:
interview: Cédric Kahn
film profile] and those for all of Samuel Collardey’s films, among others), the story begins as 17-year-old Zachary is released from prison. Penniless, he meets Shéhérazade, a young girl who is a prostitute in a working-class area of Marseille...
Produced by Grégoire Debailly for Geko Films, Shéhérazade is being co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the film will be distributed in French theatres by Ad Vitam and will be sold overseas by Alma Cinéma.
(Translated from French)
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