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Antonin Baudry shooting Le Chant du loup

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- The film, which is being staged by Les Productions du Trésor and Pathé, boasts a top-drawer cast, including François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb and Paula Beer

Antonin Baudry shooting Le Chant du loup
Actors François Civil, Omar Sy, Mathieu Kassovitz, Reda Kateb and Paula Beer

After having kicked off on 24 July, the shoot for the feature debut by Antonin BaudryLe Chant du loup (lit. “The Song of the Wolf”), is in full swing and is slated to wrap on 20 October. Also known under his pseudonym, Abel Lanzac, the first-time filmmaker has made quite a name for himself by forging an unusual career path. A former student at the Ecole Polytechnique, enamoured by literature and cinema, he became advisor to the French Prime Minister on matters of international economy, then a diplomat specialising in cultural affairs in Spain and New York, before writing the storyline for two volumes of the successful comic book Quai d’Orsay and being involved in its big-screen adaptation, directed by Bertrand Tavernier.

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For his transition to direction, Baudry has assembled a mighty fine-looking cast, including François Civil (Inside the Cell [+see also:
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Five [+see also:
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and set to grace screens from 3 January next year in Burn Out), Omar Sy (César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for Untouchable [+see also:
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and nominated this year for Chocolat [+see also:
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, seen recently in Two Is a Family [+see also:
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, in theatres from 18 October in Knock and who has just been filming Le Flic de Belleville), Mathieu Kassovitz (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2003 for Amen and for the Lumière Award in the same category in 2015 for Wild Life [+see also:
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, popular at Locarno this summer in Sparring [+see also:
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, set to grace screens from 4 October in Happy End [+see also:
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 and the lead actor in the series Le Bureau des Légendes), Reda Kateb (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for Hippocrates [+see also:
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, also putting on fine performances in Far from Men [+see also:
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 and, this year, in Django [+see also:
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, and set to be seen imminently in the opening film of San Sebastián, Submergence [+see also:
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) and Germany’s Paula Beer (who rose to fame in The Poll Diaries [+see also:
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, was popular in The Dark Valley [+see also:
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 and won the Marcello Mastroianni Award at Venice in 2016 for Frantz [+see also:
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, which also earned her a nomination for the César and Lumière Awards for Most Promising Actress in 2017). 

Written by the director, the story is still being kept under wraps by the production company. All we know is that it will be a thriller set in the milieu of French nuclear submarines; this spectacular film will also explore the current geopolitical context and its implications.

Executive-produced by Alain Attal for Les Productions du Trésor and by Jérôme Seydoux for Pathé, with associate producer Hugo Sélignac on board for Chi-Fou-Mi ProductionsLe Chant du loup can also boast Canal+ and Ciné+ as partners, which have pre-purchased the feature, plus the Cofinova, Sofitvcine, Indefilms and Cofimage Soficas, and Les Productions Jouror. The shoot, which got under way in Toulon, is continuing in Brest and will wrap in the Paris region, with Pierre Cottereau in charge of the cinematography. The French distribution and international sales will be handled by Pathé.

As a reminder, Les Productions du Trésor, which has racked up an impressive box-office score this year with Rock’n Roll [+see also:
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 by Guillaume Canet (1.29 million admissions in France), has Le Grand Bain [+see also:
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 by Gilles Lellouche (see the article) in post-production, and is preparing Pupille [+see also:
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 by Jeanne Herry (toplined by Sandrine Kiberlain) and the thriller Les Traducteurs by Régis Roinsard (which will feature a cast including Olga KurylenkoLambert WilsonAlex LawtherRiccardo ScamarcioSidse Babett Knudsen and Sara Giraudeau).

(Translated from French)

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