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End of filming in sight for L’Enfant rêvé by Raphaël Jacoulot

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- The filmmaker is bringing together Jalil Lespert, Louise Bourgoin and Mélanie Doutey in the cast of this feature film piloted by TS Productions and sold by France Télévisions Distribution

End of filming in sight for L’Enfant rêvé by Raphaël Jacoulot
Actor Jalil Lespert and actresses Louise Bourgoin and Mélanie Doutey

Filming has entered the final straight for Raphaël Jacoulot’s L’Enfant rêvé, whose shoot is set to wrap on 11 October. For his 4th feature film, in the wake of Barrage (Berlinale Forum 2005), The Night Clerk [+see also:
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(2011) and Heatwave [+see also:
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(2015), the filmmaker has enlisted the acting talents of Jalil Lespert (recently seen in Bro [+see also:
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and soon to be hopping back in front of the camera to film Dévorants – read our article), Louise Bourgoin (well-received in I Am A Soldier [+see also:
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, The Nun [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Nicloux
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and The White Knights [+see also:
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) and Mélanie Doutey (who recently attracted attention in The Connection [+see also:
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and Sink Or Swim [+see also:
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).

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Charlemagne Youth Prize

Written by Raphaël Jacoulot, Benjamin Adam, Iris Kaltenbäck and Fadette Drouard (César-nominated within the Best Adaptation category for Step by Step [+see also:
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in 2018), the story revolves around François (Jalil Lespert) and Noémie (Mélanie Doutey), a couple in charge of a sawmill in the Jura region. François has taken over the family business, passed down from one generation to the next, and he dreams of having a child. Following years of unsuccessful medical interventions, Noémie gives up on the idea of having a child by natural means and turns towards adoption. It’s at this point that François meets Patricia (Louise Bourgoin). It marks the beginning of a passionate affair and, in no time at all, Patricia falls pregnant…

Produced by Miléna Poylo and Gilles Sacuto on behalf of TS Productions (who previously partnered with the director for Heatwave), L’Enfant rêvé has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and has been granted an advance on earnings by the CNC, as well as support from the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region and the SOFICA companies Cofimage, Palatine Etoile and La Banque Postale Image. Filming, which kicked off on 5 August, is unfolding in the Doubs region, with photography in the hands of Céline Bozon (who won the 2018 Lumières Award, in her category, for Félicité [+see also:
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, and whose work we recently enjoyed in Burning Ghost [+see also:
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). French distribution will be managed by Paname Distribution while international sales fall to France Télévisions Distribution.

TS Productions’ current post-production slate includes Les Héroïques by Maxime Roy (read our article), while the company recently co-produced Tel Aviv on Fire [+see also:
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by Sameh Zoabi (Luxembourg’s candidate for next year’s Oscars). They’ve also had their foot in the door of French cinemas since 25 September, brandishing the documentaries The Grand Hotel Ballet [+see also:
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by Jacques Deschamps and De cendres et de braises [+see also:
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by Manon Ott and Gregory Cohen. Stand-out works amongst the firm’s filmography include five feature films by Stéphane Brizé (in particular A Woman’s Life [+see also:
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Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
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, A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
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and Mademoiselle Chambon [+see also:
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), Séraphine [+see also:
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by Martin Provost and Ordinary People [+see also:
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interview: Vladimir Perisic: Ordinary …
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by Vladimir Perisic, not to mention the co-productions La Ciénaga and Incendies [+see also:
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by Lucrecia Martel and Denis Villeneuve respectively.

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(Translated from French)

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