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Pierre Jolivet is shooting Algues vertes, l’histoire interdite

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- Céline Sallette leads the cast of the new film by the French director, produced by 2.4.7 Films and sold by Indie Sales

Pierre Jolivet is shooting Algues vertes, l’histoire interdite
Actress Céline Sallette (© Georges Biard)

The shooting of Algues vertes, l’histoire interdite, begun on 5 September, is in full swing in Brittany and will conclude on 19 October. It will be the filmmaker’s 18th feature film after, amongst others, Strictement personnel (nominated for the 1986 César for Best Debut Feature), Force majeure and Ma petite entreprise (both nominated for the Best Screenplay César in 1990 and 2000) as well as Zim and Co. [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2005).

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In the lead of this film, which uses fiction to tell the story of a fight to uncover the truth about an environmental disaster, is Céline Sallette (Lumière 2012 Revelation award and nominated the same year for the Best Newcomer César for House of Tolerance [+see also:
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, seen recently in Red Soil [+see also:
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and Tropic of Violence [+see also:
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, and who we will see in theatres in January in Brilliantes).

She is joined by Nina Meurisse (nominated for the Best Newcomer César and for the Lumière Revelation award in 2019 for Camille [+see also:
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, and also appreciated in Petite maman [+see also:
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), Pasquale d’Inca (An Ordinary Mother [+see also:
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), Adrien Jolivet (nominated for the 2006 Best Newcomer César for Zim and Co. and seen several times in films by Guédiguian), Julie Ferrier (nominated for the 2011 Best Supportive Actress César for Heartbreaker [+see also:
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) and Jonathan Lambert (the series Jeune et golrí).

Adapted by Inès Léraud and Pierre Jolivet from the graphic novel of the same name written by the former with Pierre Van Hove, the script follows the investigation of Inès Léraud, a young journalist, who, driven by an ecological conscience, decides to move to Brittany to investigate the phenomenon of green algae, an environmental disaster with deadly consequences affecting certain Breton coasts. Through her meetings with whistleblowers, scientists, farmers and elected officials, she elucidates, with difficulty and determination, half a century of silence.

Produced by Marc-Antoine Robert and Xavier Rigault for 2.4.7 Films, Algues vertes, l’histoire interdite is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Haut et Court and Belgian outfits Panache Production and the Compagnie Cinématographique. Pre-bought by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature also benefits from the support of the Brittany region. Haut et Court will handle French distribution while international sales are led by Indie Sales.

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(Translated from French)

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