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Santiago Mitre has kick-started filming on Petite Fleur in France

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- Daniel Hendler, Vimala Pons, Melvil Poupaud, Sergi López, Françoise Lebrun and Eric Caravaca star in the cast of this Maneki Films production sold by Playtime

Santiago Mitre has kick-started filming on Petite Fleur in France
Actors Daniel Hendler, Vimala Pons and Melvil Poupaud

Santiago Mitre has now commenced filming in France on his 4th feature film (his first French-language work) Petite Fleur. This talented Argentine filmmaker previously made a name for himself by way of The Student (Special Jury Award in Locarno 2011) and Paulina [+see also:
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(Cannes’ Critics’ Week’s Grand Prix in 2015), not forgetting The Summit [+see also:
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(unveiled on the Croisette in 2017’s Un Certain Regard line-up, before travelling on to Toronto).

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Starring in the cast of his new opus, we find Uruguay’s Daniel Hendler (25 Watts, Lost Embrace [+see also:
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, The Moneychanger [+see also:
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), France’s Vimala Pons (Elle [+see also:
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, The Wild Boys [+see also:
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), her fellow countryman Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways, By the Grace of God [+see also:
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) and Spanish actor Sergi López (Pan’s Labyrinth [+see also:
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, Happy As Lazzaro
 [+see also:
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), not to mention Françoise Lebrun (The Mother and the Whore, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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) and Éric Caravaca (The Officers’ Ward, By the Grace of God).

Written by Santiago Mitre and Mariano Llinas (La Flor), the script is an adaptation of the novel Petite Fleur (Jamais ne meurt) by the Argentine writer Iosi Havilio. The story centres around José, an Argentine national who has recently moved to France with his partner and daughter, and who makes the acquaintance of his neighbour. On an impulse, whilst listening to the jazz piece Petite Fleur, he kills his new friend. However, the next day, to José’s astonishment, his neighbour is the picture of health. He decides to kill him again. It’s at this point that José finds himself caught up in a strange new daily routine: looking after the baby and the house, trying to save his relationship… and killing his unwitting neighbour.

Petite Fleur is produced by Didar Domehri on behalf of Paris-based firm Maneki Films (who previously teamed up with the filmmaker on his two earlier films) and is co-produced by the Argentine firm La Unión de Los Ríos (Agustina Llambi Campbell and Santiago Carabante), by the Belgian outfits Panache Productions and La Compagnie Cinématographique (André Logie and Gaëtan David), by the Spanish group Setembro Cine (Fernanda del Nido), but also by the French firm Logical Pictures (Fredéric Fiore and Tim Belda) and the regional outfit Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. In the role of associate producers, we find Playtime, alongside the SOFICA companies Arte/Cofinova, Indéfilms and Cinéaxe. Supported by Eurimages, Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts INCAA and the Île de France region (in partnership with the CNC), the feature film has also been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and is shored up by Movie Tax Invest. Developed with the backing of the CNC and its Aide au développement (Development Grant), but also bolstered by the support of Creative Europe Media, Indéfilms Initiative, B Media Développement and Procirep, not to mention the writing subsidy made available by the Provence-Alpes-Côté d'Azur region, the film was selected for the Berlinale’s Coproduction Market in 2019.

Petite Fleur will be distributed in France by KMBO, with international sales entrusted to Playtime.

Works currently in post-production with Maneki Films include Un voyage en hiver by Claus Drexel (read our news) and Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) by Brazil’s João Paulo Miranda Maria (article). The Parisian group’s filmography also features the likes of Return to Ithaca [+see also:
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by Laurent Cantet, 11 Flowers [+see also:
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by Wang Xiaoshuia, White Elephant [+see also:
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by Pablo Trapero, Dégradé [+see also:
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by the Palestinian directors Arab and Tarzan Nasser and Eva Husson’s first two feature films: Girls of the Sun [+see also:
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and Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story [+see also:
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).

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(Translated from French)

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