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Michel Leclerc prepares to tackle class struggle in Battle of the Classes

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- The cast includes Leïla Bekhti, Edouard Baer, Ramzy Bedia, Eye Haïdara and Laurent Capelluto; the film is being staged by Karé Productions and will be sold by Orange Studio

Michel Leclerc prepares to tackle class struggle in Battle of the Classes
Director Michel Leclerc

The first clapperboard will slam in January for Battle of the Classes, the fifth feature by Michel Leclerc, following J'invente rien (2006), The Names of Love [+see also:
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(revealed in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010, winner of the César Awards for Best Actress and Best Original Screenplay in 2011, also nominated in the categories of Best First Feature Film and Best Actor), Télé gaucho [+see also:
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(one nomination at the 2013 César Awards, in the Most Promising Actor category) and The Very Private Life of Mister Sim [+see also:
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 (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2016).

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Standing out among the cast are Leïla Bekhti (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2011 for All That Glitters [+see also:
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 and nominated for Best Actress in 2012 for The Source [+see also:
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; also popular in All Three of Us [+see also:
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and set to grace screens in 2018 in Le Grand Bain and Un homme pressé), Edouard Baer (Asterix and Obelix: God Save Brittania [+see also:
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 and set to appear in Mademoiselle de Joncquières next year), Ramzy Bedia (La Tour Montparnasse infernaleVandal [+see also:
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CoeXister [+see also:
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), Eye Haïdara (giving a fine performance recently in C’est la vie! [+see also:
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) and Laurent Capelluto (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2009 for A Christmas Tale [+see also:
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, and for the Magritte Award for Best Supporting Actor four times since 2011, including in 2016 for The Clearstream Affair [+see also:
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).

Penned by the director together with his regular writing partner Baya Kasmi (a duo that won the aforementioned César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2011 for The Names of Love), the story starts from the premise that, as we all know, children see no difference between social classes, the colours of people’s skin or religions. So why does Corentin, the nine-year-old son of Paul and Sofia, only have friends who look just like him at his school in Bagnolet? And when his friends all leave and start attending a private school in Paris, his parents seem frightened. From now on, Corentin is the only one in his class. But the only what

Produced by Antoine Rein and Fabrice Goldstein for Karé Productions (who are staging their third film with the director), Battle of the Classes will be co-produced by France 2 CinémaUGC and Orange Studio. The feature, which has also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, will have a shoot lasting seven-and-a-half weeks, from 20 January-17 March, in Paris and the Paris region, with Alexis Kavyrchine (Memoir of Pain [+see also:
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) in charge of the cinematography. The French distribution will be handled by UGC Distribution in the first quarter of 2019, while the international sales will be entrusted to Orange Studio.

As a reminder, Karé Productions has produced 16 features since 2003, including the recent movies Fifty Springtimes [+see also:
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 by Blandine Lenoir (2017) and Just to Be Sure [+see also:
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 by Carine Tardieu.

(Translated from French)

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