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PRODUCTION / FUNDING Belgium / Luxembourg / Switzerland / France

François Pirot prepares La Vie dans les bois

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- Filming is coming up for the second feature-length fiction film by the Belgian director, which will bring together Jérémie Renier, Suzanne Clément and Jean-Luc Bideau

François Pirot prepares La Vie dans les bois
Actors Jérémie Renier, Suzanne Clément and Jean-Luc Bideau

Shooting will begin on 7 September for La Vie dans les bois, the second feature film from Belgian director François Pirot. His first feature, Mobile Home [+see also:
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, from 2012, centred on two 30-somethings in crisis struggling to find their place in society. Almost ten years later, the director returns with La Vie dans les bois, which focuses this time on a man grappling with his forties. As both his family and his work prove particularly demanding, Mathieu, without warning, goes deep into the woods, seemingly never to return. Faced with this radical liberation and the absence that comes with it, his baffled relatives will have to face themselves and their own choices.

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Between these two films, François Pirot directed a powerful feature-length documentary, Eurovillage, and pursued his career as a screenwriter. He co-wrote La Vie dans les bois with filmmaker Emmanuel Marre (noted auteur of the mid-length films Le Film de l’été and D’un château l’autre, who is currently finishing his debut feature Carpe Diem with Adèle Exarchopoulos).

The film’s credits include Belgian actor Jérémie Renier (who will soon appear in Stephan Streker’s upcoming film, L’Ennemi), together with Canadian actor Suzanne Clément (who just starred in the series Dérapages) and Swiss actor Jean-Luc Bideau. Also in the cast are Jackie Berroyer, Samir Guesmi and Lisa Harder.

Filming between 7 September and 23 October in Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg, the film is produced by Tarantula Belgique and Tarantula Luxembourg, Box Productions in Switzerland, with Good Fortune (France) as associate producer.

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(Translated from French by Manuela Lazic)

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