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Hélier Cisterne to start filming De nos frères blessés

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- Vincent Lacoste and Vicky Krieps star in the filmmaker's second feature film. A Les Films du Bélier production, to be sold by Charades

Hélier Cisterne to start filming De nos frères blessés
Actors Vincent Lacoste and Vicky Krieps

It's lights, camera, action! for De nos frères blessés (lit. "Of Our Wounded Brothers"), the second feature film by Hélier Cisterne after Vandal [+see also:
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(Louis-Delluc Award in 2013 for Best First Film and also noticed in competition at Turin). The filmmaker, (who also directed 10 episodes of the TV series Le Bureau des légendes) will be uniting a very exciting cast, starring Vincent Lacoste (nominated for a César award in 2010 for Most Promising Performance in The French Kissers [+see also:
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, a César award in 2015 for Best Actor in Hippocrates [+see also:
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and a César award in 2017 for Best Supporting Actor in In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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, also recently appreciated in Sorry Angel [+see also:
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and Amanda [+see also:
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, and currently in a lead role in The Freshmen [+see also:
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) and the Luxembourgish actress Vicky Krieps (who was incredible in Phantom Thread by Paul Thomas Anderson, and also delivered excellent performances in The Young Karl Marx [+see also:
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and Colonia [+see also:
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).

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Adapted by Katell Quillévéré (César nominee in 2014 and 2017 for Best Screenplay Adaption for Suzanne [+see also:
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and Heal the Living [+see also:
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) and Hélier Cisterne from the novel De nos frères blessés by Joseph Andras (published by Actes Sud and winner of the Goncourt Prize in 2016 for Best First Novel, which the author later rejected), the screenplay dives into the heart of a couple's memories, a story of love and commitment. Fernand Iveton is arrested in his factory in 1956, in Algiers, accused of planting a bomb. Helene’s life, who is now the wife of a "traitor," is turned upside down. But she refuses to abandon Fernand to his fate...

Produced by Justin Taurand (European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2011) for Les Films du Bélier, De nos frères blessés was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, the Belgian outfit Frakas Productions and the Algerian company Laïth Media. Pre-purchased by France 3, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film has also received an advance on earnings from the CNC, as well as support from the South (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur) and Ile-de-France regions, Sofica Cinéventure, Manon and Cinémage. Nine weeks of filming will take place in Paris, Algiers and Marseille (with Hichame Alaouie on board as the director of photography) and will kick off with three days of filming this week before continuing from 15 October to 15 December. French distribution will be handled by Diaphana and international sales will be driven by Charades.

For the record, Les Films du Bélier, which has also produced the likes of Love Like Poison [+see also:
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, Heal the Living, The Sinkholes [+see also:
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and Vandal, also recently produced Diamantino [+see also:
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by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt, Grand Prix winner at Cannes Critics' Week 2018, screened at Toronto and soon to be screened at CPH – PIX in Copenhagen and at Sitges. The film is due to be released in French cinemas on 28 November.

(Translated from French)

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