François Favrat’s Compagnons enters into post-production
- The director has just wrapped filming on his new work, a Soyouz Films production sold by Elle Driver and starring Najaa Bensaid, Pio Marmaï and Agnès Jaoui
7 August saw shooting wrap on Compagnons, the 4th feature film by François Favrat following on from The Role of a Lifetime (which earned a Best Actress nomination at the 2005 Césars), Bitter Victory [+see also:
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film profile] (2015). Stealing focus at the head of the cast are Najaa Bensaid (discovered in Being 14 [+see also:
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film profile] and touring French cinemas as of 16 December in Comment je suis devenu super-héros, before returning next year in Les années 10), without forgetting Agnès Jaoui.
Written by the director and Johanne Bernard (In Your Hands [+see also:
film profile]), the story centres around 19-year-old Naëlle who harbours a passion for street art, but who finds herself forced to attend a rehabilitation course in the company of various other youngsters. It’s her last chance to avoid being separated from her family. Moved by the young woman’s plight, project leader Hélène introduces her one day to Nantes’ Maison des Compagnons, home to a world of traditions which advocates artisanal excellence and the handing down of skills through generations. Working alongside Paul, a stained glass artist who agrees to take her on as an apprentice in his studio, Naelle discovers a whole new universe with codes entirely different from her own... a world which, despite its challenges, could lend new meaning to her life.
Produced by Romain Brémond and Daniel Preljocaj on behalf of Soyouz Films, Compagnons is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Wild Bunch (who will also take charge of French distribution). Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and C8, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Pays de la Loire region, where the seven-week film shoot unfolded, having kicked off on 25 June in Nantes. International sales will be steered by Elle Driver.
(Translated from French)
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