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Virginie Efira now filming Rodéo

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- Starring alongside Arieh Worthalter, the actress will lead the cast of Delphine Deloget’s first fiction feature, produced by Curiosa Films

Virginie Efira now filming Rodéo
Actress Virginie Efira (© Matej Filmu)

The first clapperboard is set to slam in Brittany today on Rodéo, the first fiction feature to come courtesy of Delphine Deloget, who has previously turned heads with her documentaries No London Today (presented in Cannes’ ACID line-up in 2008) and Voyage en Barbarie (co-directed by Cécile Allegra, notably scooping the Albert Londres Prize and the trophy in its category at the New York Film Festival in 2015).

Likewise the director of short fiction titles such as Tigre (screened in the 2019 Berlinale’s Generation competition and handed an award in Clermont-Ferrand), the filmmaker has assembled a cast composed of Virginie Efira (very well-received in Benedetta [+see also:
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and Madeleine Collins [+see also:
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of late, to name just two works, and whom we’ll be seeing this year in Les enfants des autres, Don Juan and Revoir Paris) and Arieh Worthalter (nominated for the 2019 and 2020 Best Supporting Role Magrittes thanks to Girl [+see also:
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and Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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, also at his best in Hold Me Tight [+see also:
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and hitting cinemas this year in Bowling Saturne and Le parfum vert).

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Written by Delphine Deloget, Julia Kowalski and Pierre Chosson (nominated for the Best Original Screenplay César in 2015 by way of Hippocrates [+see also:
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), the story follows in the wake of Sylvie who lives in Brest with her two children, Sofiane and Jean-Jacques, whom she’s raising on her own. Together, they’re a joyous family who pull together in the face of adversity. Sylvie works late into the evening while her children stay home alone. One evening, there’s an accident, and Sofiane is removed from Sylvie’s care. The mother must subsequently fight to get her son back and to keep herself afloat…

Produced by Oliver Delbosc on behalf of Curiosa Films, in co-production with Unité, Rodéo has notably been pre-purchased by Canal+. The feature film also enjoys an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as further backing from the Brittany region, Emergence and Groupe Ouest. The film shoot will unfold in Brest and the surrounding area up until 4 March, with Guillaume Schiffman heading up photography (nominated for the Oscar in his speciality in 2012 by way of The Artist [+see also:
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and awarded a César for this same film, a trophy which he’d previously been nominated for four times between 2007 and 2018).

For the record, Curiosa Films are currently overseeing post-production on Both Sides of the Blade [+see also:
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by Claire Denis and Les pieds sur terre by André Téchiné (news), as well as production of The Stars at Noon, also by Claire Denis (starring Robert Pattinson). Their films now touring cinemas include Waiting for Bojangles [+see also:
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by Régis Roinsard and Between Two Worlds [+see also:
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by Emmanuel Carrère, with Sandrine Kiberlain’s A Radiant Girl [+see also:
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due to hit the big screen on 26 January.

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(Translated from French)

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