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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Isabelle Huppert now filming My New Friends by André Téchiné

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- Produced by Les Films du Worso and sold by Pyramide International, the filmmaker’s latest movie is toplined by the French star alongside Hafsia Herzi and Nahuel Pérez Biscayart

Isabelle Huppert now filming My New Friends by André Téchiné
Director André Téchiné (© Georges Biard) and actress Isabelle Huppert (© Georges Biard)

They hadn’t worked together since The Brontë Sisters (1979), yet here they are, reunited once again as of 9 January: Isabelle Huppert (hitting French cinemas on 1 March in The Sitting Duck [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean-Paul Salomé
film profile
]
by Jean-Paul Salomé, and on 8 March in The Crime is Mine [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: François Ozon
film profile
]
by François Ozon, as well as in Élise Girard’s Sidonie au Japon later on in the year) is now filming My New Friends, which is the 28th feature film by André Téchiné (selected six times in competition in Cannes, three times in Berlin - most recently with Being 17 [+see also:
film review
trailer
Q&A: André Téchiné
interview: Kacey Mottet Klein
film profile
]
- and once in Venice).

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Appearing alongside the multi-award-winning star in the cast are Hafsia Herzi (well-received last year in Venice and Toronto via Three Nights a Week [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Florent Gouëlou
film profile
]
and The Gravity [+see also:
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]
, and whom we’ll be seeing this year in Ibiza and Le Ravissement) and Argentina’s Nahuel Pérez Biscayart (recently at his best in The Employer and the Employee [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
and One Year, One Night [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Isaki Lacuesta
film profile
]
, and set to topline La Fille de son père in 2023).

Written by André Téchiné himself, in league with Régis de Martrin-Donos, the story revolves around Lucie, a specialist officer in the technical and scientific police, close to retirement. Her solitary life is disturbed by the arrival of a young couple in her housing estate, parents of a little girl. As she grows fond of her new neighbours, she discovers that Yann, the father, is an anti-police activist with a long criminal record. Lucie's moral conflict between her professional conscience and her desire to help this family will make her certainties waver...

My New Friends is produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon on behalf of Les Films du Worso, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma, Same Player, Cine Nomine, Srab Films and Les films du Camélia. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys support from the Occitanie region where the 30-day film shoot is taking place (in the Eastern Pyrenees, notably Saint-Génis-des-Fontaines and Perpignan) and from Cinécap, Cinéventure and Cofimage. Distribution in France will be steered by Jour2Fête and the sales are handled by Pyramide International.

For the record, André Téchiné’s previous film Soul Mates [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
is due to be released in cinemas on 29 March (starring Benjamin Voisin and Noémie Merlant in lead roles).

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(Translated from French)

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