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A magnificent cast for Justine Triet’s Sibyl

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- Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider and Sandra Hüller are toplining this Les Films Pelléas production, which is being sold by mk2

A magnificent cast for Justine Triet’s Sibyl
Actors Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Niels Schneider and Sandra Hüller

After it was shot shrouded in the utmost secrecy last summer, details about Justine Triet’s Sibyl have finally started to surface in the media, as mk2 Films has announced the beginning of pre-sales at the American Film Market (31 October-7 November). This is the third feature by the French director who rose to prominence with Act of Panic [+see also:
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 (nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2014, and the star attraction of the ACID selection at Cannes in 2013) and followed it up with In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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 (the opening film of the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2016, five nominations for the 2017 César Awards, including in the Best Film and Best Screenplay categories). 

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For this new film, which is being billed as a "dramedy", the filmmaker has assembled a top-notch cast that includes Belgium’s Virginie Efira (nominated for the 2017 César and Lumières Awards for Best Actress for In Bed with Victoria, currently on the cinema listings in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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, set to grace screens from 7 November in An Impossible Love [+see also:
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 and from 23 January next year in Keep Going [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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, and appearing in Paul Verhoeven’s Blessed Virgin next year), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013, César and Lumières Awards for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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, giving strong performances in the subsequent movies Orphan [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud des Pallières
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Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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interview: Michael Roskam
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and The White Crow [+see also:
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interview: Ralph Fiennes
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; set to grace screens next year in Revenir), Gaspard Ulliel (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2015 and 2017 for Saint Laurent [+see also:
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Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
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 and It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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, popular at Cannes in To the Ends of the World [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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, which will land in theatres on 5 December) and Niels Schneider (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2017 for Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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interview: Arthur Harari
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 and poised to appear in An Impossible Love [+see also:
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CuriosaSympathy for the Devil and Revenir).

Also among the cast are Germany’s Sandra Hüller (European Film Award for Best Actress in 2016 for Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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, Silver Bear for Best Actress at Berlin in 2006 for Requiem [+see also:
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interview: Hans-Christian Schmid
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interview: Sandra Hueller
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), Laure Calamy (nominated for the 2018 César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Ava [+see also:
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interview: Léa Mysius
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, turning heads recently in Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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, The Trouble-Shooter [+see also:
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and Our Struggles [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Senez
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) and Paul Hamy (nominated for the César and Lumières Awards for Most Promising Actor in 2014 for Suzanne [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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, giving strong performances in titles such as The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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9 Fingers [+see also:
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interview: FJ Ossang
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 and Jessica Forever [+see also:
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). 

The story, written by Justine Triet with occasional input from Arthur Harari, revolves around Sibyl, a novelist-turned-psychoanalyst, who has been devoting herself to the latter occupation for the last ten years. Spurred on by the desire to start writing again, she decides to let most of her patients go. As she seeks inspiration, a young woman (Margot) contacts her one evening and begs to see her. Sibyl eventually agrees. But Margot’s revelations will gradually turn Sibyl’s life upside down…

Produced by David Thion (see the interview) and Philippe Martin for Les Films PelléasSibyl is being co-produced by France 2 CinémaLes Films de PierrePage 114Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma and Belgium’s Scope Pictures. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+Ciné+ and France 2, the feature has also secured support from the Île-de-France region, and the Cinémage, Cofinova and Cinéventure Soficas. The shoot took place in Paris, in studios in Lyon and on the Italian island of Stromboli. Distribution of the movie in French cinemas will be handled by Le Pacte, and as mentioned above, the international sales will kick off at the AFM, managed by mk2 Films.

(Translated from French)

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