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Frédéric Tellier shoots Goliath

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- Leading the cast are Pierre Niney, Emmanuelle Bercot and Gilles Lellouche. A Single Man production sold by StudioCanal

Frédéric Tellier shoots Goliath
Actors Pierre Niney, Emmanuelle Bercot and Gilles Lellouche

Revealed with SK1 [+see also:
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(nominated for the Best Feature Debut and Best Adaptation César awards in 2016) followed by Through the Fire [+see also:
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(1 million tickets sold in France in 2018), Frédéric Tellier began filming his third feature, Goliath on 24 August.

The cast of this politically engaged thriller, at the crossroads of environmental issues, politics and lobbying, the result of an investigation into GMOs and pesticides, includes Pierre Niney (in competition in Venice next week in Lovers [+see also:
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and on screens in early 2021 in Black Box and OSS 117: Alerte rouge en Afrique noire), Emmanuelle Bercot (appreciated recently in School's Out [+see also:
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and Jumbo [+see also:
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, soon on screens in The Enemy [+see also:
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) and Gilles Lellouche (recently nominated for a Best Actor César award for In Safe Hands [+see also:
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; in French cinemas on 10 November in Farewell Mr Haffmann an on 25 November in BAC Nord). Also in the cast are Laurent Stocker (recently seen in An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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and De Gaulle [+see also:
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; on 28 October in The Big Hit), Marie Gillain (nominated for the Best Actress César award in 1998 and 2012) and Chloé Stefani (reuniting with the director after starring in SK1 and Through the Fire).

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Written by Frédéric Tellier and Simon Moutaïrou (Black Box, The Crew [+see also:
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, The Assault [+see also:
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), the script tells the story of three fates: that of France, activist, sports teacher by day and worker by night; that of Patrick, a somber and solitary lawyer in Paris specialised in environmental law; and that of Mathias, a brilliant lobbyist and a very busy man. They will see their fates shaken up and intertwined by the act of a desperate female farmer. A terrible, irrevocable act.

Produced by Julien Madon (Producer on the Move 2016 of the European Film Promotion, and already partner on Frédéric Tellier’s first two features) for Single Man Productions, Goliath is co-produced by Studiocanal (which will be handling French distribution and international sales) and by Belgian company Gapbusters. Pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also benefits from the support of the Bretagne région and of the Soficas Sofitvcine, Cinemage, La Banque Postale Image, Indefilms and Palatine Etoile. The nine weeks of filming will take place in Brittany, Paris and Brussels with Renaud Chassaing as director of photography.

For the record, Single Man Productions currently has on its post-production slate Samuel Benchetrit’s Cette musique ne joue pour personne (read the article), Mélissa Drigeard’s Tout nous sourit (released in France on 11 November) and David Lanzmann’s Des jours sauvages. Via Labyrinthe Films, Julien Madon recently produced for Netflix Earth and Blood [+see also:
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by Julien Leclerq and Sentinelle by the same director, which is currently in post-production (read the article). Via the company Cheyenne, he also produced Jérémy Guez’s The Sound of Philadelphia (released in France on 30 December) and the mini-series Une affaire française, soon to wrap filming (for TF1).

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(Translated from French)

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