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Advances on receipts for Après Lui by Gaël Morel

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One of the six features selected last week at the second CNC advances on receipts commission is Gaël Morel’s Après Lui, which is set to begin shooting Monday in Lyon and stars Catherine Deneuve.

Morel, 34, began his career in 1994 with a role in André Techiné’s The Wild Reeds and made his directorial debut with 1996’s Full Speed, followed by Under Another Sky in 2002 and Three Dancing Slaves [+see also:
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in 2004.

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Co-written by the director and Christophe Honoré (Inside Paris [+see also:
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), the family drama explores the tragic consequences ensuing from a lack of morals.

Camille (Deneuve) sinks into depression after losing her child in a car accident. Unable to mourn, she clings to Franck (Thomas Dumerchez of Three Dancing Slaves and Paris, je t’aime), her son’s best friend and the source of the drama.

This tormented relationship creates a void around Camille, as her near ones struggle to understand her attraction, which goes against the morality of her middle-class upbringing. Franck also becomes aware of the dangers of the obsession.

Après Lui also stars Guy Marchand, Elodie Bouchez, Elie Medeiros and Luis Rego.

Produced by Laurent Lavolé and Isabelle Pragier for Gloria Films Production, Après Lui carries a €5m budget.

The 38-day shoot ends on December 15 after four weeks in Lyon and Beaujolais, three weeks in Paris and two days in Lisbon. The Rhône-Alpes Cinéma co-production has been pre-bought by Canal + and opens in cinemas in the second half of 2007.

The five other projects approved CNC advances in receipts are: Sous les toits de Paris (lit. “Under the Roofs of Paris”) by Hiner Saleem (an Agat Films & Cie production), set to begin shooting shortly; Un lac by Philippe Grandrieux (produced by Catherine Jacques); Exclusif by Jean-Marc Moutout (Les Films du Losange); Un baiser s’il vous plait (lit. “A Kiss, Please”) by Emmanuel Mouret (Moby Dick Films, see article); and Stella by Sylvie Verheyde (Les Films du Veyrier).

(Translated from French)

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