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EXCLUSIVE: Cécile de France heads the cast of Dans l’eau

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- The Belgian actress is wrapping filming on the second feature film by Élise Otzenberger, produced by Mamma Roman and sold by Playtime

EXCLUSIVE: Cécile de France heads the cast of Dans l’eau
Actress Cécile de France (© Maximilian Bühn)

Filming on Dans l’eau, the second feature film by Élise Otzenberger after My Polish Honeymoon [+see also:
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(2019), is now on the home stretch and set to conclude on 6 December. Heading the cast is Belgian actress Cécile De France (nominated for the Best Actress César award in 2007, 2008, 2016, and in 2019 for Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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, winner of the 2006 César award for Best Supporting Actress and nominated in 2022 for Lost Illusions [+see also:
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, appreciated recently in Second Round [+see also:
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, in French cinema on 10 January 2024 in Bonnard, Pierre et Marthe [+see also:
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which was first unveiled in Cannes). The cast also includes Arthur Igual (who already starred in the director’s first feature, and appeared in Falcon Lake [+see also:
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among other titles).

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Written by the director together with Maud Ameline (nominated for the 2013 Best Original Screenplay César award for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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and for the 2018 Lumière award for Best Screenplay for Until The Birds Return [+see also:
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interview: Karim Moussaoui
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) and Mauricio Carrasco (Tropic [+see also:
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), the script centres on Sarah, in her forties and on the verge of a burnout. Her sons aged 9 and 5 take up all of her time, with her husband constantly away on work trips. After disappearing for a few minutes on the beach, her eldest son, Simon, starts acting strange. He spends hours in his bath and tries to be in contact with water whenever he can. Sarah’s life will change when her son tells her the truth…

Produced by Marine Bergère and Romain Daubeach for Mamma Roman, Dans l’eau was pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+. Also supported by the Grand Est region (as part of the "Frissons" scheme), by the CNC’s selective support to digital special effects, and by the Indéfilms and Cinéaxe Soficas, the feature film benefited from 27 days of filming (four days on the Île de Ré, four weeks in Metz and three days in a country house some twenty kilometers from Nancy) with Ludovic Zuili as director of photography. French distribution will be handled by Tandem and international sales by Playtime.

For the record, Mamma Roman is currently behind the title Les Pistolets en plastique by Jean-Christophe Meurisse (read the news), in post-production, and Vatos Locos Productions (Marine Bergère and Romain Daubeach’s other company) will be launching Salem [+see also:
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by Jean-Bernard Marlin (unveiled in May in Cannes in Un Certain Regard) in French cinemas on 24 April 2024 .

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(Translated from French)

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