Filming kicks off on Les Châtelains by Véro Cratzborn
by Aurore Engelen
- Léonie Souchaud, Ludivine Sagnier and Alban Lenoir star in the director's first feature film
After numerous short fiction and documentary films, the director Vero Cratzborn has just begun filming her first feature film, Les Châtelains, starring Léonie Souchaud, Ludivine Sagnier and Alban Lenoir.
The film follows the strange journey of Gina, 15 years old. She lives in a city on the edge of the forest. She admires her father, unpredictable and whimsical, able to take his children into the woods at night, even if it means forgetting them. Jimmy's more and more frequent misdemeanours end up alarming his wife Carole. Their fragile family balance is soon broken when Jimmy is interned in a psychiatric hospital. When Gina meets Nico, a boy from her neighbourhood, she discovers love and sees a way of escaping her father.
The young Belgian actress Léonie Souchaud carries the film on her shoulders in the role of Gina. Discovered following her performance in Fanny's Journey [+see also:
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interview: Marine Francen
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Les Châtelains was produced by Isabelle Truc for Iota Production, which also produced Our Struggles [+see also:
interview: Guillaume Senez
film profile] by Guillaume Senez, which is due to be released in October in France and Belgium. The film was also co-produced in France by Blue Monday Productions, and in Switzerland by Louise Productions. Filming will take two weeks and kicked off on Monday, 17 September in Montigny-le-Tilleul in the region of Charleroi, before moving to the region of Lille for four additional weeks at the beginning of October. The film will most likely be distributed in France by KMBO, and will be sold internationally by Be for Films.
(Translated from French)
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