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First clapperboard set to slam on 7 July for Matthieu Rozé’s Azuro

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- Élodie Bouchez, Yannick Choirat, Nuno Lopes, Thomas Scimeca, Maya Sansa and Laetitia Dosch will star in the filmmaker’s first feature, produced by Tabo Tabo Films

First clapperboard set to slam on 7 July for Matthieu Rozé’s Azuro
Actress Élodie Bouchez and actors Yannick Choirat and Nuno Lopes

Just as France’s Health and Safety Guide for Film Production Activities is undergoing validation by the ministries of Health and Work, and the compensation fund for film shoots, steered by the CNC, is set to launch on 1 June, actor Matthieu Rozé is busy pre-producing Azuro, the first feature film he has directed, which he is due to shoot from 7 July on southern France’s Blue Coast.

Shining bright at the head of the cast is Élodie Bouchez (the winner of the Best Actress César and Cannes’ Best Acting Performance award in 1999 for The Dreamlife of Angels, and the Best Actress Lumières award for Pupille [+see also:
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in 2019, which also earned her a César nomination in the same category). Standing tall alongside her are Yannick Choirat (recently well-received in I Wish Someone Were Waiting For Me Somewhere [+see also:
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and also seen in Rust and Bone [+see also:
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, among other works), Portugal’s Nuno Lopes (notably at his best, in recent years, in An Easy Girl [+see also:
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and With the Wind [+see also:
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, not to mention Saint George [+see also:
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, and currently headlining Netflix series White Lines), Thomas Scimeca (outstanding in Notre dame [+see also:
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and Blonde Animals [+see also:
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), Italy’s Maya Sansa (nominated three times for the Best Actress David di Donatello award, including once in 2013 for Dormant Beauty [+see also:
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and once in 2004 for Good Morning, Night [+see also:
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) and Laetitia Dosch (winner of the 2018 Rising Star Lumières award and nominated for the Best New Hope César for Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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, and whom we’ll soon be seeing in Passion simple, Les apparences, Playlist, Assoiffés and Petite leçon d’amour).

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Written by Matthieu Rozé with the help of Julie Peyr (nominated for the 2014 Best Adapted Screenplay César for Jimmy P. – Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian [+see also:
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and the 2016 Best Original Screenplay César for My Golden Days [+see also:
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) and based upon Marguerite Duras’ novel The Little Horses of Tarquinia, the story takes place in summer, set against a sweltering heat and a changing climate. A group of friends return, as they do each year, to their favourite little village, nestled between the mountains and sea. As usual, they laze around, eat and drink a lot. They pay no heed to the fire spreading across the mountain, nor the world around them. But this year, an especially mysterious man will arrive from the sea on a golden boat, upsetting their supposed balance…

Produced by Veronique Zerdoun for Tabo-Tabo Films, Azuro is co-produced by Comic Strip Production. Mainly supported by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, and the SOFICA companies Cinéaxe and Indéfilms, the feature film will enjoy 20 days of shooting in the Marseille vicinity. Its release in France will be steered by Paname Distribution with international sales in the hands of Cité Films.

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(Translated from French)

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