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EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Baptiste Durand is shooting Chien de la casse

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- Anthony Bajon, Raphaël Quenard and Galatéa Bellugi are starring in the filmmaker’s first feature, steered by Insolence Productions and set to be sold by Bac Films

EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Baptiste Durand is shooting Chien de la casse
Actors Raphaël Quenard and Anthony Bajon on the set of Chien de la casse (© Camille Sonally)

Since 9 November Jean-Baptiste Durand has been in the Hérault region shooting his first feature-length movie Chien de la casse. Having previously turned heads by way of his short films (Il venait de Roumanie, Le Bal), the director has now assembled a cast composed of Anthony Bajon (named Best Actor in Berlin 2018 via The Prayer [+see also:
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, nominated for the Best New Hope César in 2019 and again in 2020 thanks to In the Name of the Land [+see also:
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, also brilliant in Teddy [+see also:
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, recently well-received in Venice via Another World [+see also:
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, and soon to be seen (in 2022) in Moussa and the series Le monde de demain [+see also:
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), Raphaël Quenard (notably at his best in Fragile [+see also:
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, Mama Weed [+see also:
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and Mandibles [+see also:
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) and Galatéa Bellugi (nominated for the Best New Hope César and the Acting Revelation Lumière in 2019, courtesy of The Apparition [+see also:
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, and seen in this year’s Tralala [+see also:
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).

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Written by Jean-Baptiste Durand in collaboration with Nicolas Fleureau and Emma Benestan, the story revolves around Dog and Mirales, two childhood friends who live in a small village in the South of France and spend most of their days lazing about. Mirales has developed a habit of teasing Dog, and unreasonably so, just in an attempt to pass the time. But this autumn, Dog reconnects with Elsa and subsequently embarks on a love affair with her. As Mirales slowly finds herself eaten away by jealousy, a distance establishes itself between the friends which allows them to grow and find their place in the world…

Produced by Anaïs Bertrand on behalf of Insolence Productions, Chien de la casse enjoys support in the form of an advance on receipts from the CNC, in addition to backing from the Occitanie region and the SOFICA companies Indéfilms and Cinémage, having previously enjoyed upstream assistance from Emergence and Le Groupe Ouest. Filming will continue in the Hérault region until 10 December. Distribution in France and international sales are both in the hands of Bac Films.

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(Translated from French)

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