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Léonor Serraille shoots Hippocampe

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- Andranic Manet heads the cast of this Geko Films and Blue Monday production, the third part of a collection that includes All Hands on Deck and Midwives

Léonor Serraille shoots Hippocampe
Actor Andranic Manet

Since 27 February, Léonor Serraille — who made an impression in Cannes with her feature films Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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(winner of the Caméra d’or award in 2017) and Mother and Son [+see also:
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interview: Léonor Serraille
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(in competition in 2022) — has been filming Hippocampe (provisional title). Standing out in the cast are Andranic Manet (nominated for the 2019 Lumière award for Best Male Revelation for A Paris Education [+see also:
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, a highlight in the series Reign Supreme [+see also:
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and this year in cinemas in La récréation de juillet, Les truites and Le roman de Jim), Pascal Rénéric (Beating Sun [+see also:
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, The Green Perfume [+see also:
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) and Sophie Cattani (Tomboy [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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]
, Beasts [+see also:
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, November [+see also:
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). The rest of the cast is composed of students from the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Paris.

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Written by the director, the script centres on 26-year-old Ari, who finally passes his teaching exam. Nine months later, working as a trainee school teacher in a nursery school in Lille, he suffers a nervous breakdown in the middle of class, despite the support of school director Blanche. He finds himself in hospital and a doctor gives him sick leave. His father, angered by seeing him fail, throws him out of the family home he’d never left. Febrile and shaken, plagued with strange visions, Ari wanders through the city and begins, without meaning to, a series of reunions… 

Produced for Arte France by Grégoire Debailly (2019 Producer on the Move 2019 at the European Film Promotion) for Geko Films and by Sandra Fonseca for Blue Monday Productions, this fiction film is the third part in a collection that began with All Hands on Deck [+see also:
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interview: Guillaume Brac
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]
by Guillaume Brac and continued with Midwives [+see also:
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interview: Léa Fehner
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]
by Léa Fehner, two works unveiled in the Panorama section of the Berlinale in 2020 and 2023, respectively. The concept? The scripts are written based on workshops with students in their last year at the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Paris. Filming (on 16mm) will take place in Lille until 22 March with Sébastien Buchmann (nominated for the 2023 Lumière for Best Cinematography for The Passengers of the Night [+see also:
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).

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(Translated from French)

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