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Rock band’s meteoric rise in Thompson’s Bus Palladium

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Rock band’s meteoric rise in Thompson’s Bus Palladium

Final preparations are underway before shooting starts on April 2 on actor-screenwriter Christopher Thompson’s directorial feature debut, Bus Palladium.

The film on 1980s rock music stars Quebec actor Marc-André Grondin (discovered in Crazy and winner of the 2009 Best Male Newcomer Cesar for The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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), Géraldine Pailhas (Spy(ies) [+see also:
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), Agathe Bonitzer (The Beautiful Person [+see also:
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), Arthur Dupont (Nos 18 Ans [+see also:
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), Abraham Bellaga (Cendres et Sang) and Jules Pelissier (star of the reality TV programme Nouvelle Star in 2008).

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Co-penned by Thompson (writing partner on all of his mother Danielle Thompson’s films, for which they were jointly nominated for the Best Screenplay Cesar in 2000 for Season’s Beatings and in 2007 for Orchestra Seats [+see also:
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) and Thierry Klifa, Bus Palladium centres on four young childhood friends who start a rock band in the mid-1980s.

They enjoy dazzling success: from rehearsals, to being spotted by a record company, making their debut in a legendary club like the Bus Palladium and releasing a single that leads to a tour. But the sudden arrival of a girl and daily life in the rock world unsettle the foursome. The film’s score is composed by Yarol Poupaud.

Produced by Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont for LGM Cinéma, Bus Palladium has received co-production support and pre-sales from France 3 Cinéma. The nine-week shoot will kick off in Paris and the surrounding area (including at La Boule Noire and La Manufacture de Sèvres) before wrapping up in and around Sète.

Theatrical and video distribution will be handled by Studio Canal, while international sales are still under negotiation.

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(Translated from French)

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