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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue soon to begin filming

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- Elina Löwensohn, Paula Luna Breitenfelder, Vimala Pons, Agata Buzek, Pauline Lorillard and Camille Rutherford star. An Ecce Films production sold by Kinology

Bertrand Mandico’s After Blue soon to begin filming
Director Bertrand Mandico (© Paul Grandsard)

On 12 November 2019 will begin the seven-week shoot for After Blue, the second feature from Bertrand Mandico after The Wild Boys [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Mandico
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(revealed in Critics’ Week in Venice in 2017, winner of the Louis Delluc prize for Best First Film in 2018 and nominated at the 2019 Lumières awards in the same category).

The cast includes the American actress of Romanian origins Elina Löwensohn (well-received recently in Toronto in Simple Women [+see also:
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]
, as well as in Let the Corpses Tan [+see also:
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interview: Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani
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]
, The Apparition [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Giannoli
film profile
]
, Black Venus [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
film profile
]
, Lourdes [+see also:
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interview: Jessica Hausner
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]
), the young Paula Luna Breitenfelder (in her first on-screen appearance), Vimala Pons (nominated for the Most Promising Actress Lumières award in 2014 for The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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, well-received in Vincent [+see also:
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and in Elle [+see also:
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, and in cinemas next year in How I Became a Superhero), Polish actress Agata Buzek (winner of the Aigle 2010 award for Best Actress for The Reverse [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Agata Buzek - actress
interview: Borys Lankosz
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]
and nominated for the Best Supporting Actress award in 2017 for Agnus Dei [+see also:
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interview: Lou de Laâge
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]
, appreciated recently in High Life [+see also:
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interview: Claire Denis
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]
and on screen next year in Dune Dreams), Pauline Lorillard (revealed in The Wild Boys and in cinemas on 30 October in Debout sur la montagne), Franco-British actress Camille Rutherford (Mary, Queen of Scots [+see also:
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), Anaïs Thomas (who had small parts in House of Tolerance [+see also:
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interview: Adèle Haenel
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]
and Saint Laurent [+see also:
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Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
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) and Claire Duburcq.

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Written by the director, the script is set in the near future and centres on After Blue, a chimeric virgin planet from another galaxy where only women can survive in the midst of harmless flora and fauna. Teenager Roxy frees a criminal buried in the sand. As soon as she is released, the latter coldly murders several people. Held responsible for these crimes, Roxy and her mother are cast out of their community and forced to search for the criminal to kill her…

Produced by Emmanuel Chaumet for Ecce Films (already partners on Bertrand Mandico’s first feature), After Blue is supported by an advance on receipts from the CNC, the Procirep & Angoa, the Cinémage and Cinéventure Soficas, and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (where filming will take place, with Pascale Granel as director of photography). The film should be completed by May 2020. The French release will be handled by UFO and international sales by Kinology.

For the record, Ecce Films have also produced Jessica Forever [+see also:
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from directing duo Jonathan Vinel - Caroline Poggi (screened in the Platform competition in Toronto in 2018 and in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2019), All About Yves [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Forgeard
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]
by Benoît Forgeard (Directors’ Fortnight 2019), Mens [+see also:
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by Isabelle Prim (in the Bright Future competition this year in Rotterdam), Blonde Animals [+see also:
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interview: Maxime Matray, Alexia Walther
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]
by Maxime Matray and Alexia Walther (Critics’ Week in Venice in 2018), In Bed with Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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(Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2016) and Age of Panic [+see also:
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by Justine Triet, as well as The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu [+see also:
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]
by Antonin Peretjatko (Directors’ Week 2019). They also co-produced Rojo [+see also:
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interview: Benjamín Naishtat
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]
by Benjamin Naishtat (winner last year in San Sebastian). Standing out from their slate in post-production is Femme-Enfant by and starring Nora Hamzawi.

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(Translated from French)

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