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Jérémie Renier and Noée Abita to star in Slalom

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- The feature debut by Charlène Favier, staged by Mille et Une Productions, is being shot in the Alps; the international sales will be handled by Jour2Fête

Jérémie Renier and Noée Abita to star in Slalom
Actor Jérémie Renier and actress Noée Abita

Charlène Favier is currently hard at work on the snow-covered slopes of the Alps, having kicked off the shoot for her feature debut, Slalom, on Monday 14 January. Toplining the film are Belgium’s Jérémie Renier (well known chiefly for his performances in the Dardenne brothers’ movies, particularly The Child [+see also:
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, which earned him a nomination for the European Film Award for Best Actor in 2005; also nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2013 for My Way [+see also:
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, the Lumières and Magritte Awards for Best Actor in 2016 for The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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, the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for Saint Laurent [+see also:
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and the Magritte Award for Best Actor in 2018 for The Double Lover [+see also:
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; set to grace screens from 23 January in Breath of Life [+see also:
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, and later this year in Convoi exceptionnel and Frankie) and young rising star Noée Abita (who rose to fame in the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week in Ava [+see also:
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, also glimpsed in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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and set to hit the cinema listings in 2019 in Le Jour de gloire).

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The story, written by Charlène Favier and Marie Talon, revolves around 15-year-old Lyz, who has just enrolled in the prestigious skiing studies department of the Bourg-Saint-Maurice secondary school. Fred, a former champion-turned-instructor, has decided to bet all his chips on his new recruit. Spurred on by Fred’s support, Lyz throws herself headlong into her studies and goes from strength to strength. At the age of 15, you have no limits, whether they be physical or emotional. But Lyz buckles under Fred’s unyielding stranglehold. Will the explosive energy of adolescence give Lyz the strength to regain her freedom?

Produced by Édouard Mauriat and Anne-Cécile Berthomeau for Mille et Une Productions, Slalom is being co-produced by Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Belgium’s Panache Productions, Charlie Bus Production and Jour2Fête, which will be in charge of the French distribution and the international sales. Having been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and received backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, the feature is being shot over a period of six weeks in Val d'Isère, Tignes, Les Arcs and Bourg-Saint-Maurice, with Yann Maritaud serving as DoP.

As a reminder, Mille et Une Productions currently has L’État sauvage by David Perrault (see the news) in post-production, and can boast L’Afrance and Andalucia [+see also:
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by Alain Gomis, Merci Patron ! [+see also:
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by François Ruffin and Darwin’s Nightmare by Hubert Sauper in its filmography, among other titles.

(Translated from French)

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