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Shoot about to start for Filippo Meneghetti’s Two of Us

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- Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier and Léa Drucker are among the cast of this Paprika Films production, in conjunction with Tarantula and Artémis, which will be sold by Doc & Film

Shoot about to start for Filippo Meneghetti’s Two of Us
Actress Barbara Sukowa

1 October will mark the start of the shoot for Two of Us [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Filippo Meneghetti, a French-based Italian filmmaker who already has the short films Undici, L’intruso (Audience Award at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers in 2013) and La Bête under his belt. The movie is being toplined by Germany’s Barbara Sukowa (who rose to fame in The German Sisters, won the Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1986 for Rosa Luxemburg, was thrice nominated for the European Film Award for Best Actress, including in 1991 for Europa and in 2013 for Hannah Arendt [+see also:
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, and was popular recently in Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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), France’s Martine Chevallier (a member of the Comédie Française since 1988 and turning heads in various films, including Not My Type [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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]
, Bad Faith [+see also:
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, The Page Turner [+see also:
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interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
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]
and In His Hands [+see also:
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) and her fellow countrywoman Léa Drucker (who gave strong performances in Custody [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Legrand
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]
and The Blue Room [+see also:
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, among other movies).

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Written by Filippo Meneghetti and Malysone Bovorasmy, in conjunction with Florence Vignon (César Award for Best Adaptation in 2010 for Mademoiselle Chambon [+see also:
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and nominated for the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2013 for A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
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), the story revolves around Nina and Madeleine, two pensioners who are head over heels in love with each other. As far as everyone else is concerned, they are merely neighbours. Every day, they come and go between the two flats that they occupy on the top floor of their building. Their landing serves as a gateway between two worlds: the well-ordered life of one of the women, a grandmother mindful of conventions, and the more free-spirited life of the other. Nina, an uprooted Austrian, is an independent woman who seems to be coping less and less well every day with this love confined to the shadows. One day, something tragic happens, and the doors close once again. Madeleine is snatched away from Nina. The landing that separates them turns into a gulf, a bottomless pit that they will try to bridge at any cost, just to be together again.

Produced by Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin and Laurent Baujard for Paprika Films together with Tarantula Luxembourg and Belgium’s Artémis Productions, Two of Us has secured a pre-purchase from Be TV and backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Film Fund Luxembourg, the Occitanie region and the Soficinéma Sofica. Interestingly, the project was part of the Angers Workshops selection in 2017. The seven-week shoot will kick off in Montpellier and Sommières from 1-10 October before continuing in Luxembourg. The French release will be handled by Sophie Dulac Distribution, while the international sales have been entrusted to Doc & Film International.

As a reminder, Paprika Films has co-produced such films as Frenzy [+see also:
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interview: Emin Alper
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]
by Emin Alper (Special Jury Prize at Venice in 2015) and Just the Wind [+see also:
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interview: Bence Fliegauf
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]
by Bence Fliegauf (Grand Jury Prize at Berlin in 2012), and will serve as a partner on Last Words by Jonathan Nossiter (see the news).

(Translated from French)

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