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Valérie Donzelli shooting Notre Dame

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- The director is also among the cast, alongside Pierre Deladonchamps, Thomas Scimeca, Bouli Lanners and Virginie Ledoyen; the film is being produced by Rectangle and sold by Playtime

Valérie Donzelli shooting Notre Dame
Actress-director Valérie Donzelli

Since 8 October, Valérie Donzelli has been filming Notre Dame, her fifth feature, following The Queen of Hearts [+see also:
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 (unveiled at Locarno in 2009), Declaration of War [+see also:
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 (a firm favourite in the 2011 Cannes Critics’ Week, the French candidate for the Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film in 2012, six nominations for the César Awards in 2012 and more than 865,000 admissions in French theatres), Main dans la main [+see also:
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 (Best Actor Award at Rome in 2012) and Marguerite & Julien [+see also:
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 (in competition at Cannes in 2015).

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As is always the case with her movies, the filmmaker herself is also among the cast (she also made an appearance in films such as Longwave [+see also:
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interview: Lionel Baier
festival scope
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and Saint Laurent [+see also:
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Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
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), flanked by Pierre Deladonchamps (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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, nominated for the César and Lumières Awards for Best Actor in 2017 for A Kid [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Lioret
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, very popular in the recent title Sorry, Angel [+see also:
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Q&A: Christophe Honoré
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), Thomas Scimeca (Blonde Animals [+see also:
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interview: Maxime Matray, Alexia Walther
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Apnée [+see also:
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School’s Out [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Marnier
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), Belgium’s Bouli Lanners (nominated for the Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2015 and 2016 for Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
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 and All Cats Are Grey [+see also:
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, Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for Rust & Bone [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard
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, giving a strong performance in Real Love [+see also:
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interview: Claire Burger
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at Venice), Virginie Ledoyen (popular in movies such as Farewell My Queen [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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and Lovers [+see also:
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), Isabelle Candelier (glimpsed in Bloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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 and Bécassine ! [+see also:
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) and Philippe Katerine (excellent in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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and currently on the cinema listings in We Need Your Vote [+see also:
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).

The storyline, written by Valérie Donzelli and Benjamin Charbit (The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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]
, (Girl)Friend [+see also:
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), is being kept under wraps by the production companies, but the director has let slip that it will be a comedy about remarriage, but also about failure.

Notre Dame is being produced by Alice Girard and Edouard Weil for Rectangle Productions, by Valérie Donzelli and Mina Driouch for Les Films de Françoise, by Geneviève Lemal for Belgium’s Scope Pictures, and by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France 2, the feature has also secured backing from the Ile-de-France region, and the Cinémage, Palatine Etoile, Cinécap and Indéfilms Soficas. The eight-week shoot will take place until 3 December in Paris. The French distribution will be overseen by Ad Vitam and the international sales by Playtime.

As a reminder, Rectangle Productions has recent titles such as Climax [+see also:
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 by Gaspar Noé (currently in theatres), The Trouble-Shooter [+see also:
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 by Julien Guetta and Nocturama [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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 by Bertrand Bonello under its belt, and co-produced To the Ends of the World [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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]
 by Guillaume Nicloux (set to be released in France on 5 December). Elise Otzenberger’s My Polish Honeymoon will be out in 2019, as will Losing It by Audrey Diwan (see the article). Lastly, the Paris-based firm has just kicked off the shoot for #iamhere by Eric Lartigau (see the news) and is about to wrap principal photography for It Must Be Heaven by Palestinian helmer Elia Suleiman (see the article).

(Translated from French)

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