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Sentinelle by Julien Leclercq chomps at the bit in post-production

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- Currently in the Netflix showcase with his work Earth and Blood, the French filmmaker has already shot another film for the platform, with Olga Kurylenko shining bright in its cast

Sentinelle by Julien Leclercq chomps at the bit in post-production
Director Julien Leclercq and actress Olga Kurylenko

Shot in November and December last year, Sentinelle by Julien Leclercq will soon be in a position to resume post-production activities, which were put on pause as a result of the health crisis. This will be the second consecutive film the director has made for Netflix, following on from Earth and Blood [+see also:
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(released worldwide via the platform on 17 April) and the 7th feature film in his career after Chrysalis [+see also:
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(2007), The Assault [+see also:
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(2011), The Informant [+see also:
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(2013), The Crew [+see also:
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(2016) and The Bouncer [+see also:
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(2018).

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Standing tall in the cast is the French actress of Ukrainian origin Olga Kurylenko (revealed in Quantum of Solace [+see also:
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, and especially well received in To The Wonder, Land of Oblivion [+see also:
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and Just A Breath Away [+see also:
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, not to mention The Translators [+see also:
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interview: Régis Roinsard
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]
, and whom we’ll be seeing on 7 May in The Room [+see also:
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interview: Christian Volckman
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]
, which is set to be released directly on VOD), flanked by Marilyn Lima (Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
film profile
]
, A Mermaid in Paris [+see also:
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) and Guillaume Duhesme (Noise, The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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), among others.

Written by the director alongside Matthieu Serveau, the story centres around thirty-three year old Klara, who’s an interpreter for the French Army. After discovering the horrors of war in Syria, she’s transferred to Nice to join Operation Sentinel. Here, with the help of her mother and sister Tania, she tries to piece herself back together. But one night, after an evening spent in a nightclub, Tania is found half dead on the beach, raped and beaten up. Klara will do everything she can to track down Tania’s attackers and avenge her sister. This merciless hunt will lead her towards Yvan Kadnikov, the son of a powerful Russian oligarch on the Côte d’Azur…

Produced by Julien Madon (one of the European Film Promotion’s Producers on the Move 2016) and Julien Leclercq on behalf of Labyrinthe Cinéma, Sentinelle was co-produced by Belgian firm Umedia. The film was shot over 35 days in Belgium (Brussels), Morocco (Casablanca) and France (Antibes and Nice).

For the record, Julien Leclerc is also currently working on the series Braqueurs for Netflix (starring Hamid Hlioua), which will be different from the film of the same name.

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(Translated from French)

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