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Filming is due to commence on David Perrault's L’état sauvage

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- Kevin Janssens and Alice Isaaz star in the filmmaker's second feature film, produced by Mille et Une Productions and due to be sold by Pyramide

Filming is due to commence on David Perrault's L’état sauvage
Actors Alice Isaaz and Kevin Janssens

Filming is due to kick off on 24 September on L’état sauvage, the second feature by David Perrault after Nos héros sont morts ce soir [+see also:
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(discovered at the Critics' Week at Cannes in 2013). The film stars the Belgian actor Kevin Janssens (Revenge [+see also:
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, Tueurs [+see also:
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interview: François Troukens
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, [+see also:
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interview: François Troukens
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The Ardennes [+see also:
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) and Alice Isaaz (nominated for a Lumières award in 2015 for Smart Ass [+see also:
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, also appreciated in Elle [+see also:
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, Endangered Species [+see also:
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and On the Sly [+see also:
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, having also starred in the main role in Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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and due to hit our screens in March in Le mystère Henry Pick).

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They will be supported by the Belgian actress Déborah Francis (nominated for a César award in 2006 and 2007 for Most Promising Performance for The Child [+see also:
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interview: Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne
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and The Page Turner [+see also:
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interview: Michel Saint-Jean
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, also a winner of the same award in 2009 for The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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, and an excellent addition to Populaire [+see also:
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), her compatriot Vincent Grass (who recently appeared in Keep an Eye Out [+see also:
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), Kate Moran (Knife + Heart [+see also:
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, You and the Night [+see also:
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), Bruno Todeschini (nominated for a César award in 2004 for Best Actor for His Brother and appreciated recently in A Possible Life [+see also:
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), Constance Dollé(seen in the series Les revenants and also in the cast of the director's first feature film), Maryne Bertiaux (TV series Baron noir, A Decent Man [+see also:
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) and Armelle Abibou (The Starry Sky Above Me [+see also:
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).

Written by David Perrault, the screenplay starts when the American Civil War breaks out... A family of french settlers must abandon their Missouri home to flee and go back to Paris. Edmond (Todeschini), the patriarch, is accompanied by his wife Madeleine (Dollé), Layla (Abibou), his servant, and his three daughters: Esther (Isaaz), Justine (François) and Abigaëlle (Bertiaux). The youngest of them, Esther, is irresistibly attracted to their escort, Victor (Janssens), a former mercenary who behaves somewhat oddly. Their relationship beings to poison relations among the group of travellers ... Especially when Victor's troubled past catches up with him. A story that, according to the director, won’t be "so much a western as a romantic adventure film" and will see "a group of women, gradually break away from the chains that bind them to men."

Produced by Fares Ladjimi for Mille et Une Productions (already a partner of the director's first feature film), L'etat sauvage wasco-produced by UProduction and the Canadian outfit Metafilm. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film was financed by the Ile-de-France and New Aquitaine regions, the Gan Foundation for Cinema, the CNC's new technologies fund, and the Franco-Canadian mini-treaty. Shooting will take place in Île-de-France, Aquitaine and Canada from 24 September to 22 November. Pyramide will be driving French and international sales.

For the record, Mille et Une Productions also produced L’Afrance and Andalucia [+see also:
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by Alain Gomis, Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper, Merci Patron ! [+see also:
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by François Ruffin and several films by the Lebanese duo Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige. Also of note is the recent minority production Look At Me [+see also:
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by Nejib Belkadi (discovered last week at Toronto).

(Translated from French)

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