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Filming due to commence on C'est extra by Guillaume Nicloux

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- Starring Michel Houellebecq and Gérard Depardieu, the film is a Les Films du Worso production to be sold by Wild Bunch

Filming due to commence on C'est extra by Guillaume Nicloux
Michel Houellebecq, director Guillaume Nicloux and Gérard Depardieu

Shooting is due to start this week in Normandy on C'est extra, the 15th feature film by Guillaume Nicloux. In competition at Cannes in 2015 with Valley of Love [+see also:
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and at Berlin in 2013 with The Nun [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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, appreciated at the Directors' Fortnight (last May with the bewitching To the Ends of the World [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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, which is due to hit French screens on 5 December, and in 1994 with Faut pas rire du bonheur), in competition at Locarno (in 1992 with La Vie crevée) and at the Berlinale (The End [+see also:
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in 2016, The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq [+see also:
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in 2014 and Les Enfants volants in 1990), the filmmaker has cast Gérard Depardieu in the film for the fourth time running (nominated for an Oscar in 1991 for Best Actor, winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 1990 and at Venice in 1985, nominated 17 times for a César Award for Best Actor – notably in 2016 for Valley of Love – winning twice and also due to hit our screens next March in Convoi exceptionnel), as well as the novelist Michel Houellebecq for the second time running (also seen recently in Saint Amour [+see also:
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and Near Death Experience [+see also:
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). The cast also stars Luc Schwartz, Maxime Lefrançois and Mathieu Nicourt.

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Written by Guillaume Nicloux, the screenplay focuses on Michel Houellebecq and Gérard Depardieu, who are undergoing treatment at a Thalasso Centre in Cabourg. Together they are attempting to survive the health plan imposed upon them by the institution. But some extraordinary events will disrupt their schedule...

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso, C'est extra was co-produced by Wild Bunch (who will manage the film's French distribution and international sales). Pre-commissioned by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film has also benefited from an advance on earnings from the CNC, Sofica Cofinova and Cinéfeel. The three weeks of filming are due to take place in Normandy until 21 December, with Christophe Offenstein (winner of a César Award in 2016 for Valley of Love and nominated in 2007 for Tell No One [+see also:
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) as the director of photography.

For the record, this is Les Films du Worso’s seventh consecutive film with Guillaume Nicloux, having also showcased The Prayer [+see also:
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interview: Cédric Kahn
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]
by Cédric Kahn at Berlin this year, Keep Going [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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by the Belgian director Joachim Lafosse at Venice and Quién te cantará [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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by the Spanish director Carlos Vermut at Toronto and San Sebastian. The Parisian company is also currently in post-production with Joyeux Anniversaire by Cédric Kahn (read the article), Les Héros ne meurent jamais by Aude Rapin (article) and the co-production The Passenger by the Romanian director Corneliu Porumboiu (article).

(Translated from French)

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