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Virginie Efira and Tahar Rahim starring in Serge Bozon’s Don Juan

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- Alain Chamfort, Damien Chapelle and Jehnny Beth also grace the cast of this musical, which begins shooting today

Virginie Efira and Tahar Rahim starring in Serge Bozon’s Don Juan
Director Serge Bozon, actor Tahar Rahim and actress Virginie Efira rehearsing before filming kicks off on Don Juan (© Chloé De Nombel)

The first clapperboard is set to slam today on Don Juan, Serge Bozon’s 4th feature film after France [+see also:
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and Tip Top [+see also:
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interview: Serge Bozon
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(well-received at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2007 and 2013 respectively), and Mrs. Hyde [+see also:
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interview: Serge Bozon
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(in competition in Locarno in 2017). Starring in the cast of this musical we find Belgian-French actress Virginie Efira (nominated for the 2017, 2019 and 2021 Best Actress Césars by way of In Bed With Victoria [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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, An Impossible Love [+see also:
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and Bye Bye Morons [+see also:
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, and soon to be seen in Benedetta [+see also:
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, Madeleine Collins, Lui and En attendant Bojangles), Tahar Rahim (recently nominated for 2021’s Best Actor Golden Globe thanks to The Mauritanian [+see also:
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, and very recently at his best in the series The Serpent), singer Alain Chamfort (who has made several big screen appearances, notably in Les châteaux de sable [+see also:
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), Belgium’s Damien Chapelle (The Prayer [+see also:
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interview: Cédric Kahn
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, Parisienne [+see also:
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) and Jehnny Beth (nominated for 2019’s Best New Hope César via An Impossible Love and soon to hit cinemas in Paris, 13th District).

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Penned by Serge Bozon and his usual partner in crime Axelle Ropert, the story revolves around Laurent who is jilted on his wedding day and subsequently embarks upon a wild quest for pleasure. His seduction technique? Singing. But work soon calls him back to his commitments - Laurent is an actor rehearsing for Don Juan

Don Juan is produced by David Thion and Philippe Martin on behalf of Les Films Pelléas, and is co-produced by Jean-Yves Roubin and Cassandre Warnuts on behalf of Belgian firm Frakas. Pre-purchased by Ciné+, RTBF and Proximus, the feature film also enjoys the support of the CNC, by way of its fund for genre movies, as well as the backing of the Île-de-France and Normandie regions, and of the SOFICA companies Cinéaxe, Cofinova and La Banque Postale Image. The six-week film shoot will continue until 12 June in the Île-de-France region and in Granville, with Sébastien Buchmann heading up photography. Likewise in on the action are composers Benjamin Esdraffo, Mehdi Zannad and Laurent Talon, lyricist Jacques Duvall and choreographer Christian Rizzo. Distribution in France is entrusted to ARP Sélection.

For the record, Les Films Pelléas are also helming post-production on La Petite Bande by Pierre Salvadori (article), as well as on Les amours d’Anaïs by Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet (article).

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(Translated from French)

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