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EXCLUSIVE: L’innocent by Louis Garrel is now filming

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- Roschdy Zem, together with the director himself, Anouk Grinberg and Noémie Merlant shine in the cast of a production handled by Les Films des Tournelles

EXCLUSIVE: L’innocent by Louis Garrel is now filming
Actor-director Louis Garrel, actor Roschdy Zem and actresses Anouk Grinberg and Noémie Merlant (© Georges Biard)

Filming began on 29 November on L’innocent, the 4th feature film as director for Louis Garrel, following Les deux amis [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(unveiled in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2015 and nominated four times at the 2016 Lumière awards), A Faithful Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Louis Garrel
film profile
]
(Best Screenplay award winner at San Sebastián in 2018 and nominated for the Most Promising Actress César awards in 2019) and The Crusade [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(in official selection this year in Cannes, in Cinema for the Climate, and released in French cinemas on 22 December).

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Standing out in the cast are Roschdy Zem (winner of the 2020 César and Lumière awards for Best Actor for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
, well-received recently at San Sebastián in Undercover [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Thierry de Peretti
film profile
]
which will be released in French cinemas on 9 February 2022, and next year on the big screen in Les enfants des autres and Le principal), Louis Garrel himself (nominated for the 2018 César award for Best Actor for Redoubtable [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
film profile
]
, nominated four times since 2015 for Best Supporting Actor, appreciated this year in Cannes in The Story of My Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ildikó Enyedi
film profile
]
, Our Men [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rachel Lang
film profile
]
and The Crusade, and starring next year in L’ombre du Caravage, Les Amandiers and L’envol), Anouk Grinberg (in French cinemas on 29 December in Deception [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arnaud Desplechin
film profile
]
and in 2022 in Les volets verts) and Noémie Merlant (nominated for the 2020 Best Actress César award and winner of the Lumière award in that category for Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Céline Sciamma
film profile
]
, appreciated recently in Paris, 13th District [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, A Good Man [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
and Jumbo [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Zoé Wittock
film profile
]
; in cinemas next year in Un año, una noche).

Written by Louis Garrel together with novelist Tanguy Viel, the script centres on Sylvie, a nearly sixty-year-old woman who has fallen in love with Michel, a thug she marries in prison. The two of them dream of starting again with a clean slate by opening a flower shop. But Sylvie’s son Abel, convinced that Michel will fall into a life of crime, disapproves of this relationship…

Produced by Anne-Dominique Toussaint for Les Films des Tournelles, L’innocent is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Auvergne Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. Pre-bought by Arte, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film (whose 33 days of filming will take place in the Rhône region until 22 January) also benefits from the support of the advance on receipts from the CNC and of the Cofimage Sofica. French distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam.

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(Translated from French)

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