An old flame returns in Nicole Garcia's latest film
by Fabien Lemercier
Shooting gets underway next Tuesday on the Côte d’Azur on Nicole Garcia’s sixth feature, whose working title is Un Balcon sur la Mer (“A Balcony Overlooking the Sea”).
In competition at Venice and Cannes with her previous three films (on the Lido in 1998 with Place Vendôme, on the Croisette in 2002 and 2006 with The Adversary and Selon Charlie [+see also:
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Co-written by the director and Jacques Fieschi, with the collaboration of Natalie Carter and Frédéric Bélier Garcia, Un Balcon sur la Mer is set in the 1980s. The film centres on a 40-year-old estate agent, who is married with two children and lives happily on the Côte d'Azur.
One of his clients turns out to be an old flame from his youth, with whom he lost touch after he left Algeria due to the War of Independence.
Un Balcon sur la Mer is produced by Alain Attal for Les Productions du Trésor (who are currently handling post-production on Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert and whose slate also includes Guillaume Canet’s Les Petits Mouchoirs, in the writing stage). The 13-week shoot will start in the South of France (in Lavandou, Aix-en Provence, Avignon, l'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Nice), before wrapping up in Oran (Algeria) in July.
(Translated from French)
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