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Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine shooting Effacer l’historique

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- Blanche Gardin, Denis Podalydès and Corinne Masiero topline this production being staged by Les Films du Worso and sold by Wild Bunch

Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine shooting Effacer l’historique
Directors Benoit Delépine (left) and Gustave Kervern

The shoot for Effacer l’historique (lit. “Delete the History”) by Gustave Kervern and Benoît Delépine has been in full swing since 29 July. This is the ninth feature by the directorial duo, following I Feel Good [+see also:
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(unveiled on the Piazza Grande at last year’s Locarno Film Festival), Saint Amour [+see also:
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(out of competition at Berlin in 2016), NDE (Near Death Experience) [+see also:
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(screened at Venice in 2014, in the Orizzonti section), Le grand soir [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012), Mammuth [+see also:
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(in competition at the 2010 Berlinale), Louise-Michel [+see also:
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(Best Screenplay Award at San Sebastián in 2008 and Special Jury Prize at Sundance in 2009), Avida [+see also:
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(out of competition at Cannes in 2006) and Aaltra (in competition at Rotterdam in 2004).

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As for the cast of their new opus, the pair of filmmakers are relying on the talents of star comedienne Blanche Gardin (who will be gracing screens from 13 November in the sketch film Selfie and who will go straight on to shoot Bruno Dumont’s Par ce demi-clair matin), Denis Podalydès (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for The Conquest [+see also:
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, and for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2003 and 2019 for Summer Things and Sorry Angel [+see also:
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; popular recently in the Cannes title La Belle Époque [+see also:
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, which will land in cinemas on 6 November) and Corinne Masiero (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2013 for Louise Wimmer [+see also:
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 and giving a strong performance in movies such as Invisibles [+see also:
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).

The story, written by the directorial duo themselves, revolves around three neighbours from a suburban housing estate in the provinces, who are grappling with the World 2.0, each in their own way: they are Marie (Gardin), the target of a sex tape that threatens to make her son lose all respect for her; Bertrand (Podalydès), whose daughter has fallen victim to bullying on social networks and at school; and Christine (Masiero), whose Uber feedback is far from glowing. Together, they decide to take up the fight and tilt at some modern-day windmills: namely, the Big Four tech companies. But even so, the struggle undertaken by these three accomplices – who are admittedly somewhat out of their depth – is a bit of a write-off even before they start!

Produced by Sylvie Pialat and Benoît Quainon for Les Films du Worso and by No Money Productions, Effacer l’historique is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and by Belgium’s Scope Pictures. Having been pre-purchased by France 3, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also being backed by Pictanovo (of the Hauts-de-France region, where most of the six-week shoot is taking place), and by the La Banque Postale Image, Cinécap, Cofinova, Cofimage, Cinémage, Cinéventure, Indéfilms, Sofitvciné and Palatine Etoile Soficas. The French distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam, while the international sales have been entrusted to Wild Bunch.

As a reminder, Les Films du Worso will release Thalasso [+see also:
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by Guillaume Nicloux in French theatres on 21 August (the film will then go on to take part in the competition of the 67th San Sebastián Film Festival), followed by Happy Birthday [+see also:
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 by Cédric Kahn on 4 September and The Whistlers [+see also:
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by Romania’s Corneliu Porumboiu (unveiled in competition at Cannes in May) on 15 January 2020. Furthermore, release dates have not yet been set for two productions that were first revealed in the 2019 Cannes Critics’ Week: Litigante [+see also:
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by Franco Lolli and Heroes Don’t Die [+see also:
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by Aude Rapin.

(Translated from French)

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