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EXCLUSIVE: Filming imminent on Louise Hémon’s L’engloutie

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- Galatea Bellugi, Matthieu Lucci, Samuel Kircher and Sharif Andoura star in the cast of the French director’s first feature film, produced by Take Shelter and sold by Kinology

EXCLUSIVE: Filming imminent on Louise Hémon’s L’engloutie
Actress Galatea Bellugi (© Fabrizio de Gennaro/Cineuropa)

12 January will see the first clapperboard slam on Louise Hémon’s debut feature film, L’engloutie, in the Hautes-Alpes region. Stand-out names in the cast include Galatea Bellugi (nominated for the Best New Hope César and the Acting Revelation Lumière in 2019, courtesy of The Apparition [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Giannoli
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]
, recently well-received in Junkyard Dog [+see also:
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, The Taste of Things [+see also:
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and in the Italian movie Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Benedetta Porcaroli
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), Matthieu Lucci (nominated for the Acting Revelation Lumière in 2018 thanks to The Workshop [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Cantet
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]
, at his best in Our Eternal Summer [+see also:
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interview: Émilie Aussel
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]
, among other works, and whom we’ll be seeing in this year’s Le tableau volé and the series Un prophète), Samuel Kircher (nominated for this year’s Acting Revelation Lumière via Last Summer [+see also:
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interview: Catherine Breillat
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]
) and Sharif Andoura (especially impressive in Out of Season [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Brizé
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]
, One Fine Morning [+see also:
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]
and The Young Lovers [+see also:
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, and touring cinemas this year in Le système Victoria).

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Written by the director alongside Anaïs Tellenne (The Dreamer [+see also:
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interview: Anaïs Tellenne
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) and Maxence Stamatiadis (The Day Today [+see also:
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]
), the story (developed within the Groupe Ouest Film Lab as part of its Annual Selection) unfolds in 1899, deep in the Hautes-Alpes region. Soudain  is a hamlet encircled by snow on the high plateaus of a remote mountain. One stormy night, its inhabitants witness the arrival of Aimée, a young, secular and republican primary school teacher who is due to stay for the winter to teach a handful of children. But shortly after her arrival, an avalanche swallows up its first highlander…

L’engloutie is produced by Margaux Juvénal and Alexis Genauzeau on behalf of Take Shelter, in co-production with Arte France Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys support in the form of an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as backing from the Sud Paca region, the SOFICA companies Indéfilms and Cinéaxe, and the Gan Film Foundation. The 38-day film shoot will unfold exclusively in Tournage, located in the Hautes-Alpes, with Marine Atlan (The Rapture [+see also:
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interview: Iris Kaltenbäck
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]
) heading up photography. The film’s music will be composed by Émile Sornin (The Nature of Love [+see also:
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interview: Monia Chokri
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]
, Bitten [+see also:
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interview: Romain de Saint-Blanquat
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]
), while distribution in France will be steered by Tandem and international sales by Kinology.

For the record, Take Shelter have previously put forward three first feature films - Banel & Adama [+see also:
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interview: Ramata-Toulaye Sy
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]
by Ramata Toulaye Sy (discovered in competition in Cannes), Super Drunk by Bastien Milheau (featuring in MyFrenchFilmFestival from 19 January) and the co-produced movie A Tale of Shemroon [+see also:
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by Iran’s Emad Aleebrahim Dehkordi (unveiled in San Sebastián’s New Directors line-up and triumphant in last year’s Premiers Plans Film Festival).

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(Translated from French)

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