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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Catherine Corsini is shooting Le retour

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- Aissatou Diallo Sagna and the young Esther Gohourou and Suzy Bemba headline the director’s new film, produced by Chaz Productions and sold by Playtime

Catherine Corsini is shooting Le retour
Director Catherine Corsini (© Chaz Productions) and actress Aissatou Diallo Sagna (© Philippe Quaisse)

Since 14 September, Catherine Corsini has been shooting Le retour in Corsica, her 12th fiction feature. As a reminder, the filmmaker has been selected five times in Cannes (in competition in 2021 and 2001 with The Divide [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Catherine Corsini
film profile
]
and Replay, in Un Certain Regards in 2012, in Directors’ Fortnight in 1994 and 1996), once in Berlin (in the Panorama section in 1999), but also in Locarno (Piazza Grande award in 2015 for Summertime [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), in Toronto as well as Rotterdam.

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In the cast of her latest feature are Aissatou Diallo Sagna (2022 César of best supporting actress for The Divide and nominated the same year for the Lumiere revelation award), Esther Gohourou (discovered in Cuties [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maïmouna Doucouré
film profile
]
) and Suzy Bemba (the L’opéra series). Lomane de Dietrich (noticed in The Mad Women’s Ball [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
) Cédric Appietto, Marie-Ange Géronimi, Harold Orsoni, Jean Michelangeli and the established talents of Virginie Ledoyen (recently in the series Nona and Her Daughters and The King’s Favourite) and Denis Podalydès (recently in The World of Yesterday [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Diastème
film profile
]
and Rise [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
).

Written by Corsini and Naïla Guiguet (SACD prize at the 2022 Directors’ Fortnight for The Mountain [+see also:
film review
interview: Thomas Salvador
film profile
]
), the story centres on 40-something Kheìdidja, who works for a wealthy Parisian family who offers her to take care of the children during a summer in Corsica – the occasion for her and her daughters, Jessica and Farah, to return to this island which they left 15 years ago in tragic circumstances. While Kheìdidja struggles with her memories, the two teenagers let themselves get carried away by all the summertime temptations: unexpected encounters, running wild and free, first love experiences. This trip will allow them to discover a part of their story and to grow closer…

Produced by Élisabeth Perez for Chaz Productions (which produced Corsini’s last three features), Le retour is co-produced by Le Pacte (which will handle distribution in France) and by France 3 Cinéma. Pre-bought by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature is also supported by the advance on revenue of the CNC, the Corsica region and the Sofica Sofityciné, La Banque Postale Image, Cofinova and Cinéaxe. The shooting will take place entirely in Corsica for seven weeks until 8 November with Jeanne Lapoirie as director of photography. Set design will be handled by Louise Le Bouc Berger, sound by François Abdelnour and and editing by Frédéric Baillehaiche. International sales will be led by Playtime.

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(Translated from French)

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