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Xavier Gens shooting Budapest

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- The filmmaker has assembled a cast toplined by Manu Payet and Jonathan Cohen for this Labyrinthe Films production being sold by Other Angle Pictures

Xavier Gens shooting Budapest
Director Xavier Gens

The first clapperboard is due to slam today for Budapest [+see also:
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, the sixth feature by Xavier Gens, following Frontier(s) [+see also:
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Hitman (2007), 2012’s The Divide [+see also:
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The Crucifixion and Cold Skin [+see also:
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. For this film, which will be his first foray into comedy, the filmmaker has assembled a cast including Manu Payet (Radiostars [+see also:
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Dad in Training [+see also:
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Gangsterdam [+see also:
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), Jonathan Cohen (Amour & turbulences [+see also:
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), comedian Monsieur PoulpeAlice Belaïdi (The Climb [+see also:
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) and Alix Poisson (who put on a strong performance in the mini-series The Disappearance).

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Written by Manu Payet and Simon Moutaïrou (The Assault [+see also:
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The Night Watchman [+see also:
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The Crew [+see also:
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), the story revolves around Vincent and Arnaud, two graduates from the HEC business school in Paris who, to all appearances, have good jobs and are comfortably off in their lives. However, fearing that their destinies are getting all too mapped out, they decide to radically alter their lives and start up a stag-party agency in Budapest.

Produced by Julien Madon (a 2016 European Film Promotion Producer on the Move – read the interview) and Julien Leclercq for Labyrinthe Films, with Arthur Benzaquen in charge of art production, Budapest is being co-produced by Frères Zak Productions and Maje Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, OCS and C8, the film is also being backed by the Indéfilms, Cinémage, Palatine, Soficinetv, Cinecap and La Banque Postale Image Soficas. The seven-week shoot will take place in Paris and Budapest, with Gilles Porte serving as DoP. The French distribution will be handled by Warner Bros and international sales by Other Angle Pictures.

Through his other company, A Single Man, Julien Madon is currently producing Through the Fire [+see also:
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 by Frédéric Tellier (see the article) and presently has Chien by Samuel Benchetrit (see the article) in post-production. He can also boast recent movies such as SK1 [+see also:
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Dalida [+see also:
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The Crew and Macadam Stories [+see also:
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to his credit. 

(Translated from French)

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