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Yolande Moreau back behind the camera for Même au milieu des ruines

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- The Belgian filmmaker and actress is currently shooting her first film as a director since Henri in 2013

Yolande Moreau back behind the camera for Même au milieu des ruines
Actress-director Yolande Moreau (© Cinevox)

This Monday, Yolande Moreau began shooting her third feature as director, Même au milieu des ruines, almost 10 years after the release of her previous film Henri [+see also:
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. The actress, who is particularly popular with French-speaking cinema (she was recently seen in Sticking Together [+see also:
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, The Voiceless [+see also:
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and Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï), takes her time and good care of her rare directing stints, once every 10 years. Indeed, after co-directing When the Sea Rises with Gilles Porte in 2004 (which won her the César for Best First Film and Best Actress), then Henri in 2013, presented in Directors' Fortnight, she is back with Même au milieu des ruines, for which she once again wrote the screenplay, and in which she will play the lead role.

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Même au milieu des ruines follows the trajectory of Mireille Stockaert, a lonely and broken woman. A lover of painting and poetry, she makes do with her job as a waitress in the cafeteria of the Namur School of Fine Arts. Her life is turned upside down when she chooses to live in the large family house she inherits. Three men will upset her routine and prepare her, without knowing it, for the return of a fourth, her great young love.

The director will therefore play the role of Mireille Stockaert, a complex role that she has taken great pleasure in imagining, a somewhat strange woman, "evaporated from the jar," as the director says, but also very manipulative – probably a way of taking on a darker role than those she is usually given.

She will be joined by a strong cast, surrounding herself with three actors with very different profiles: Sergi Lopez, who is a regular for Belgian filmmakers (we saw him in Marion Hansël's latest film Upstream [+see also:
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, but also in Tango Libre [+see also:
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and The Boat Race [+see also:
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) and who will be seen this year at Cannes in Pacifiction; Grégory Gadebois, everywhere at the moment (he will be in Final Cut [+see also:
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, opening Cannes, and we are expecting him in La Syndicaliste or Paternel); and the unclassifiable Esteban, whose gentle madness should resonate with that of Yolande Moreau. Also announced in the cast are actress and director Noémie Lvovsky (who gave the Belgian actress such a beautiful role in Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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), her accomplices from the Deschiens, François Morel and Philippe Duquesne, as well as singer William Sheller, and Aïssatou Diallo Sagna (the revelation of The Divide [+see also:
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, for which she received the César for Best Supporting Actress).

The shooting will take place until 28 June in France, in and around Georges Sand's castle, and will be produced by the French company Christmas in July and co-produced by the Belgian company Artémis Productions.

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(Translated from French)

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