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Cameras are rolling on The Salt Of Tears by Philippe Garrel

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- A Rectangle Production, set to be sold by Wild Bunch, the new title by the French director features a cast including Logann Antuofermo, Oulaya Amamra, Souheila Yacoub and André Wilms

Cameras are rolling on The Salt Of Tears by Philippe Garrel
Philippe Garrel on the set of Lover for a Day

The first clapperboard came out today for The Salt Of Tears, the 27th feature film by Philippe Garrel whose films have been selected by the Venice Film Festival on six occasions (winning Silver Lion awards for I Don’t Hear the Guitar Anymore in 1991 and for Regular Lovers [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Garrel
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]
in 2005, with further nominations in 1999, 2001, 2011 and 2013) and who has also competed in Cannes (in 2008), as well as having his work showcased twice in the Perspectives du Cinéma Français section of the festival (in 1984 and 1985) and five times in the Directors’ Fortnight competition (in 1969, 1970 and 1976, and more recently with In the Shadow of Women [+see also:
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in 2015 and Lover for a Day [+see also:
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in 2017).

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For the cast of his new opus, the filmmaker has called together Logann Antuofermo (a young theatre actor making his cinema debut), Oulaya Amamra (winner of the César for Best New Actress and the Lumières Best Female Newcomer award in 2017 for Divines [+see also:
film review
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interview: Houda Benyamina
film profile
]
, who was also well-received in The World Is Yours [+see also:
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interview: Romain Gavras
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]
and who was last seen in Farewell to the Night [+see also:
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interview: André Téchiné
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]
, screened out-of-competition in February’s Berlinale), Swiss actress Souheila Yacoub (much admired in Climax [+see also:
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) and the Belgian André Wilms (nominated Best Actor at the European Film Awards 2011 for Le Havre [+see also:
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interview: Aki Kaurismäki
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]
).

Written by Philippe Garrel and his usual partners in crime, Jean-Claude Carrière and Arlette Langmann, the film recounts a young man’s first female conquests and the love he feels for his father. It’s the story of a provincial youngster who travels up to Paris to sit an entrance exam for a “grande école”. His path crosses that of a young woman and they strike up a short-lived relationship. When he returns home to his father, the young man reconnects with an old girlfriend. They get back together, and he has just decided to move in with her when the young woman from Paris turns up. He makes his excuses and not long afterwards, the young woman from the provinces falls pregnant. Having passed his entrance exam, the young man leaves for Paris to begin his studies and wipes his hands of the pregnant young woman. She goes to see the young man’s father and tells him everything. The latter wants to get involved but, in the meantime, the young man has fallen in love with a third young woman, in Paris, and they are now living together…

Produced by Édouard Weil on behalf of Rectangle Productions (who previously worked with the director on A Burning Hot Summer [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Garrel
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]
and Frontier of Dawn [+see also:
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), The Salt Of Tears is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Swiss outfit, Close Up Films. Shooting on this feature film, which is supported by Pictanovo and the OFC among others, will run between 2 April and 24 May, with Swiss national Renato Berta (whose specialism has earned him three nominations at the Cesars and two at the David di Donatello Awards, and who was also on board in Philippe Garrel’s last two feature films) in charge of cinematography. Distribution in France will come courtesy of Ad Vitam while international sales will be managed by Wild Bunch.

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(Translated from French)

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