Testud adopts man’s guise for Bozon’s La France
by Fabien Lemercier
Shooting begins tomorrow in and around Paris on La France, the second feature by French director Serge Bozon. Bozon has been much acclaimed by critics for his previous film, the medium-length feature Mods, which picked up awards at the 2002 Entre Vues de Belfort Film Festival.
Starring Sylvie Testud, Pascal Greggory (Gabrielle [+see also:
film profile]) and Guillaume Verdier, La France, co-scripted by the director and his regular partner Axelle Ropert, is set during WWI.
In autumn 1917, during the height of the war, Camille (Testud) leads a peaceful existence in the northeast of France, until she receives an unexpected letter from her husband who left for the front. That same day, the young woman decides to leave home disguised as a man, secretly hoping to find her husband again. Through a chance meeting in a forest, she succeeds in blending in with a small group of soldiers who have no idea of her true identity.
This is a golden role for Testud (Césars for Best Female Newcomer for Murderous Maids in 2001 and Best Actress for Fear and Trembling [+see also:
film profile] in 2004), who will be in French theatres on September 20 in L’héritage [+see also:
film profile] by Gela et Temur Babluani.
The actress has also just finished filming Olivier Dahan’s La Môme (lit. “The Kid”) with La France co-star Greggory. La Môme is due for release on February 14, 2007.
Produced by David Thion for Les Films Pelléas, the €1.8m La France received €450,000 in advances in receipts from the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), pre-sales financing from Ciné Cinéma, as well as two Soficas.
Filming will last a total eight weeks, five of which take place in the Ile de France and three in the Centre region.
(Translated from French)
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