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Swann Arlaud breathes life into Perdrix

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- The actor is flanked by Maud Wyler, Fanny Ardant and Nicolas Maury in the cast of Erwan Le Duc’s feature debut, which is being produced by Domino Films and sold by Playtime

Swann Arlaud breathes life into Perdrix
Actor Swann Arlaud

Today, Wednesday 31 October, marks the final day of principal photography for Perdrix (lit. “Partridge”), the feature debut by Erwan Le Duc, who previously turned heads with his short films, such as The Virgin Solider (which was presented in 2016 in the Cannes Critics’ Week, which also selected the director as one of the participants in its Next Step programme). The cast includes Swann Arlaud (César Award for Best Actor in 2018 for Bloody Milk [+see also:
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, nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for Les Anarchistes [+see also:
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, set to grace screens from 2 January in Un beau voyou, from 20 February in By the Grace of God [+see also:
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 by François Ozon and from 6 March in Exfiltrés), Maud Wyler (who rose to fame in 2013 in 2 Autumns 3 Winters [+see also:
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, set to appear in Breath of Life [+see also:
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from 23 January), Fanny Ardant (César Award for Best Actress in 1997 and nominated a total of five times in this category, including in 2014 for Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
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; popular recently in Lola Pater [+see also:
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) and Nicolas Maury (Knife + Heart [+see also:
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, the series Call My Agent!).

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The story, written by the director, revolves around the character of Perdrix, who has been having a wild and magical time ever since the elusive Juliette Webb burst into his life. She is a stranger who has crash-landed like a meteorite on his singular planet and that of his family, and who, by her mere presence, will force this whole microcosm to redefine its boundaries and finally start living life to the full…

Produced by Stéphanie Bermann and Alexis Dulguérian for Domino FilmsPerdrix has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The feature, which has also received backing from the Grand Est region and the Cinémage Sofica, was filmed entirely in the Vosges department from 24 September-31 October, with Alexis Kavyrchine (Memoir of War [+see also:
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) in charge of the cinematography. The French distribution will be handled by Pyramide and the international sales by Playtime.

As a reminder, Domino Films took some impressive baby steps in the world of feature-film production with Hubert Charuel’s Bloody Milk (unveiled in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2017, 547,000 admissions in France, eight nominations for the Césars in 2018, cashing in on the Awards for Best First Feature Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress). The Paris-based outfit also has the comedy Snowlidays [+see also:
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, by and starring Joséphine de Meaux, in post-production, and it will be released in France by Bac Films on 29 January.

(Translated from French)

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