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Arieh Worthalter to star in Bowling Saturne by Patricia Mazuy

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- The Belgian actor leads the cast of the director’s new feature film produced by Ex Nihilo and co-produced by Belgium's Les Films du Fleuve, which will start shooting imminently

Arieh Worthalter to star in Bowling Saturne by Patricia Mazuy
Actor Arieh Worthalter and director Patricia Mazuy

27 February will see the first clapperboard slam on Bowling Saturne (working title), the 5th fiction feature film put forth by Patricia Mazuy after Thick Skinned (screened in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 1989 and nominated for the Best First Feature Film César in 1990), The King’s Daughters (Un Certain Regard in 2000 and eight nominations at the 2001 Césars), Of Women and Horses [+see also:
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(Locarno’s Piazza Grande in 2011) and Paul Sanchez is Back! [+see also:
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(2018).

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The cast includes Belgium’s Arieh Worthalter (the winner of the 2019 and 2020 Best Supporting Role Magrittes for Girl [+see also:
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and Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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, similarly well-received in Razzia [+see also:
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and The End of Love [+see also:
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, among other works, and whom we’ll be seeing this year in Serre-moi fort), Achille Reggiani (who is reuniting with the director after Paul Sanchez is Back!) and young actress Y Lan Lucas.

Penned by Patricia Mazuy and Yves Thomas (nominated alongside the filmmaker for the Best Screenplay César in 2001, courtesy of The King’s Daughters), the story focuses on Guillaume, a police chief who inherits the family bowling alley upon his father’s death. He decides to entrust its management to Armand, his spurned half-brother. But Armand’s impulsive behaviour and his improbable approach to managing the bowling alley prevent Guillaume from fully devoting himself to an investigation into a series of murders of young women which are sweeping the town…

Bowling Saturne is produced by Patrick Sobelman on behalf of Ex Nihilo and is co-produced by Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve (owned by the Dardenne brothers). Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as enjoying the support of the Normandy region (where the allotted 35 days of shooting in Caen, Lisieux and Touques will continue until mid-April), of Wallimage and of the SOFICA companies Cinémage and Cinécap. Its release in French cinemas will be managed by Paname Distribution.

For the record, works in post-production with Agat Films & Ex Nihilo Twist include Les jeunes amants by Carine Tardieu (read our article), Twist à Bamako by Robert Guédiguian (article), Sentinelle Sud by Mathieu Gérault (article) and Goodnight Soldier by Hiner Saleem. June 2021 will see shooting commence on Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Amandiers (news) whilst that of Damien Ounouri’s La dernière reine (interview), thus far thwarted by the health crisis, will resume in September. Also worth a mention is Michel Hazanavicius’ animated project La plus précieuse des marchandises, on which financing is almost complete, not to mention, ready and set in the starting blocks and awaiting their release once cinemas reopen, The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol (awarded Cannes’ Official Selection label), Trop d’amour by Frankie Wallach and documentaries Little Girl [+see also:
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by Sébastien Lifshitz, Golda Maria [+see also:
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by Hugo and Patrick Sobelman, and Their Algeria [+see also:
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by Lina Soualem.

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(Translated from French)

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