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EXCLUSIVE: Anaïs Demoustier and Tom Mercier will topline The Beast In The Jungle

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- The duo are set to star in Patric Chiha’s new movie - produced by Aurora Films with Frakas and Wildart, and due to be sold by Les Films du Losange – which will begin filming imminently

EXCLUSIVE: Anaïs Demoustier and Tom Mercier will topline The Beast In The Jungle
Actress Anaïs Demoustier (© Georges Biard) and actor Tom Mercier (© Franziska Krug/AUDI AG)

The first clapperboard is scheduled to slam on 29 November for The Beast In The Jungle, the 5th feature film to come courtesy of the Austrian director of Hungarian and Lebanese descent Patric Chiha, following his fiction titles Domaine [+see also:
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(discovered in Venice’s Critics’ Week in 2009 and nominated for the Louis Delluc Prize for Best First Film) and Boys Like Us [+see also:
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(2014), and two documentaries unveiled in the Berlinale’s Panorama section in 2016 and 2020: Brothers of the Night [+see also:
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and If It Were Love [+see also:
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(nominated for 2021’s Lumière Award for Best Documentary).

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The cast will be led by French actress Anaïs Demoustier (recently well-received in Anaïs in Love [+see also:
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, and hitting cinemas in December by way of Old Fashioned [+see also:
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and Chère Léa) and Israel’s Tom Mercier (nominated for 2020’s Acting Revelation Lumière for Synonyms [+see also:
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interview: Nadav Lapid
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and likewise at his best in Venice in My Night [+see also:
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interview: Antoinette Boulat
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), who will notably be flanked by Béatrice Dalle (who’s linking back up with the director after starring in Domaine).

A loose adaption by the director, Axelle Ropert and Jihane Chouaib, based on Henry James’ novella The Beast in the Jungle, the story charts a breath-taking huis clos: for 25 years, in an enormous nightclub, a man and a woman watch and wait for an unknown event. From 1979 to 2004, we follow the evolution of disco to techno music, the story of a love, the story of an obsession. Eventually, this "thing" manifests itself, but it takes a far more tragic form than expected …

The Beast In The Jungle is produced by Charlotte Vincent and Katia Khazak on behalf of Parisian firm Aurora Films in co-production with Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Austria’s WILDart Film. The movie benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation Film and Audiovisual Centre, Proximus, Be-TV, screen.brussels, the Austrian Film Institute and the SOFICA companies Cinémage and Cofinova. The six-week film shoot will unfold in Brussels and Vienna and is scheduled to wrap mid-January. Distribution in France and international sales will both be steered by Les Films du Losange.

For the record, Aurora Films’ post-production slate currently boasts Annie Colère by Blandine Lenoir (article) and Dirty, Difficult, Dangerous by Wissam Charaf (article). Its recent output notably includes Petite Solange [+see also:
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interview: Axelle Ropert
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by Axelle Ropert (in competition in Locarno over the summer and due for release in French cinemas on 2 February 2022).

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(Translated from French)

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