Shoot on the horizon for Mathias Malzieu’s A Mermaid in Paris
by Fabien Lemercier
- Nicolas Duvauchelle and Marilyn Lima topline this feature being staged by Overdrive and Entre Chien et Loup, the international sales of which are managed by Kinology
The first clapperboard will slam in Macedonia on 29 August for A Mermaid in Paris, the debut feature-length fiction film by Mathias Malzieu, who was nominated for the César Award for Best Animated Film in 2015 for Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart [+see also:
film profile] (which he co-directed with Stéphane Berla and which was screened at the Berlinale, in the Generation section, among other gatherings). The filmmaker, who is also a writer and the lead singer of the group Dionysos, will boast a cast that includes Nicolas Duvauchelle (nominated for the César and Lumières Awards for Best Actor in 2017 for A Decent Man [+see also:
film profile], nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
film profile], due to grace screens this summer in Persona non grata [+see also:
film profile] and this coming December in Les envoûtés), young actress Marilyn Lima (who rose to fame in Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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film profile]) and Spaniard Rossy De Palma (well known for her numerous appearances in the films of Pedro Almodóvar).
The story, written by Stéphane Landowski and Mathias Malzieu, based on the latter’s book, kicks off in Paris, where heavy rains have led to a historic flood of the Seine along with a spate of mysterious disappearances. One night, Gaspard Snow, a melancholic musician, is lured by an enchanting voice – that of a wounded yet beautiful young mermaid. Eager to save her, Gaspard has no idea that he’s about to embark on dramatic adventures which, through the power of love and music, may well mend his broken heart.
Produced by Grégoire Melin for Paris-based outfit Overdrive Productions and by Sébastien Delloye for Belgian firm Entre Chien et Loup, A Mermaid in Paris will be co-produced by Macedonia’s Sisters and Brother Mitevski (Labina Mitevska), and Wonder Films is on board as an associate producer. The feature, which has also received backing from the Manon and Cineaxe Soficas, will be filmed over a period of seven weeks (five weeks in a studio in Macedonia, followed by two weeks of location shooting in France, more specifically in Paris and Étretat). The French theatrical release will be entrusted to Sony Pictures Releasing France, and the international sales (with around 15 territories having already pre-acquired the movie) are being overseen by Kinology.
(Translated from French)
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