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Adèle Exarchopoulos to play an air hostess in Emmanuel Marre’s feature debut, Carpe Diem

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- The director of the head-turning shorts Castle to Castle and Le Film de l’été is making his feature debut with a variation on the theme of the low-cost lifestyle

Adèle Exarchopoulos to play an air hostess in Emmanuel Marre’s feature debut, Carpe Diem
Actress Adèle Exarchopoulos

Director Emmanuel Marre is embarking on his first feature-length adventure with Carpe Diem, the shoot for which kicked off on Monday. He has enlisted the services of French actress Adèle Exarchopoulos (who was in the Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, and was seen more recently in Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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, Sibyl [+see also:
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and Back Home [+see also:
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), who will breathe life into his heroine, 26-year-old Cassandre, an air hostess working for a low-cost airline. She lives one day at a time and parties after each flight with not a care for tomorrow. For her Tinder handle, she’s chosen Carpe Diem because she sees herself reflected in her company’s motto: “The world won’t wait.”

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The filmmaker made a splash with his shorts, particularly Le Film de l’été, which was first unveiled at Berlin and won the Jean Vigo Award in 2017. This was followed by Castle to Castle, which was presented at the Locarno Film Festival, where it won the Golden Leopard. The film depicted the unexpected and unlikely companionship between a young scholarship student in a prestigious Parisian school and a wheelchair-bound old lady, set against the backdrop of the French presidential election campaign, a social inferiority complex and a burning desire for emancipation. Marre used a highly assertive style of cinema rooted in reality, where one can find an examination of both the most mundane elements and the most hard-hitting ones. This hybrid genre of film, captured on the fly, is something we should see once again in Carpe Diem.

The feature is being shot in two tranches – a month of principal photography in Wallonia and Lanzarote up until mid-March, and then a month of additional filming in Belgium, Lanzarote, Paris and Dubai in June. Flanking Adèle Exarchopoulos are Alexandre Perrier, who is also co-producing the movie, and young Belgian actress Mara Taquin, who appeared recently in The Specials [+see also:
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and who will grace screens soon in La Ruche by Christophe Hermans, in addition to various non-professional actors.

The film is being produced in Belgium by Benoît Roland for Wrong Men, which we have to thank for the recent title Lola [+see also:
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by Laurent Micheli, and which is working on the upcoming movies by Rachel Lang (Mon Légionnaire) and Leos Carax (Annette). It is being co-produced in France by Kidam. Carpe Diem will be sold overseas by Charades, while Cinéart will distribute it in Belgium and Condor will do likewise in France.

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(Translated from French)

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