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Yvan Attal wraps the shoot for Mon chien stupide

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- The actor-director and Charlotte Gainsbourg topline this adaptation of the John Fante novel, which is being sold by StudioCanal

Yvan Attal wraps the shoot for Mon chien stupide
Actor-director Yvan Attal and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg

The shoot for Mon chien stupide (lit. “My Stupid Dog”) by Yvan Attal, which kicked off on 17 September, is nearing its end. This is the sixth directorial feature by the actor, following My Wife Is an Actress [+see also:
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 (nominated for the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2002), … And They Lived Happily Ever After (2004) and Le Brio [+see also:
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 (1.1 million admissions in France at the end of 2017 and nominated in three categories of the César Awards in 2018, including Best Film, winning the Most Promising Actress Award into the bargain), among others.

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The filmmaker, who was nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2010 for Rapt and was popular at Toronto recently in the series Ad Vitam, is also among the cast of his new opus, alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg (Best Actress Award at Cannes in 2009 for Antichrist [+see also:
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, which also earned her a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Actress the same year, which also happened in 2011 with Melancholia [+see also:
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 and in 2014 with Nymphomaniac [+see also:
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; also nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 1989, 2000, 2007, 2011, and last year for Promise at Dawn [+see also:
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). Gainsbourg previously played a lead role opposite Attal in his first two features as a director, and this new film incidentally wraps up a sort of trilogy, even though this time it is an adaptation of the novel My Dog Stupid by US author John Fante, unlike My Wife Is an Actress and … And They Lived Happily Ever After, both of which were original screenplays.

Also standing out among the cast are Pascale Arbillot (Guy [+see also:
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Borderline [+see also:
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Little White Lies [+see also:
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), Éric Ruf (Maryline [+see also:
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), Sébastien ThiéryBen AttalAdèle WismesPanayotis Pascot and Pablo Venzal.

The story, written by Attal himself, revolves around 50-year-old Henri, who is in the midst of a mid-life crisis. And who are the people responsible for his failures, his ailing sex drive and his backache? His wife and four children, of course! Just at the critical moment when he is taking stock of his life, of all the women he will never ever have again, and of all the cars he’ll never drive, an enormous, bad-mannered and overenthusiastic dog decides to move into his house, much to his delight, but to the great displeasure of the rest of his family – and especially his wife Cécile, whose unconditional love begins to falter.

Produced by Vincent Roget for Same Player, Georges Kern for Good Time Production and Florian Genetet-Morel for Montauk Films, Mon chien stupide is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and StudioCanal (which will oversee the French distribution from 30 October 2019 and the international sales). Having also been pre-purchased by Canal+Ciné+ and C8, the feature was filmed over a nine-week period in Biarritz and Paris.

Same Player currently has the comedies Chamboultout by Éric Lavaine (toplined by Alexandra Lamy – to be released in France on 24 April 2019) and L’esprit de famille by Éric Besnard (starring Josiane BalaskoFrançois BerléandGuillaume de Tonquedec and Isabelle Carré) in post-production. For its part, Montauk Films is putting the finishing touches to the post-production of Made in China by Julien Abraham (starring Frédéric Chau and Medi Sadoun) and has just wrapped principal photography on Papi Sitters by Philippe Guillard (with Gérard Lanvin and Olivier Marchal playing the leads).

(Translated from French)

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