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EXCLUSIVE: Shooting imminent on Emmanuel Courcol’s En fanfare

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- Benjamin Lavernhe, Pierre Lottin and Sarah Suco lead the cast of the filmmaker’s third feature, produced by Agat Films and sold by Playtime

EXCLUSIVE: Shooting imminent on Emmanuel Courcol’s En fanfare
Actors Benjamin Lavernhe (© Georges Biard) and Pierre Lottin and actress Sarah Suco (© Georges Biard)

The first clapperboard is set to slam tomorrow on En fanfare, Emmanuel Courcol’s third feature film after Ceasefire [+see also:
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(revealed in Locarno’s Piazza Grande in 2016) and The Big Hit [+see also:
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(gracing Cannes’ Official Selection in 2020). Stand-out names in the cast are Benjamin Lavernhe (nominated for the 2018 Best New Hope César via C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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, as well as for the Best Supporting Role trophy in 2020 and 2021 thanks to Love At Second Sight [+see also:
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and My Donkey, My Love and I [+see also:
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; recently well-received in The Sixth Child [+see also:
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and hitting cinemas on 22 March in De grandes espérances), Pierre Lottin (at his best in The Night of the 12th [+see also:
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and Harkis [+see also:
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, among other titles, toplining Series Mania next week in Grace of Heaven and hitting cinemas on 3 May in Tout le monde m’appelle Mike) and Sarah Suco (The Speech, Summertime [+see also:
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).

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Written by the director alongside Irène Muscari, the story revolves around renowned orchestra conductor Thibaut. When he’s diagnosed with Leukaemia, he sets out in search of a compatible donor for a bone marrow transplant. He subsequently discovers that he’s adopted and that he has an older brother in the North. The latter is an office worker, but he also plays trombone in a local brass band which is soon to be dismantled. Against the backdrop of the closure of the only factory in the area, their meeting marks the beginning of a fraternal, social and musical adventure…

En fanfare is produced by Marc Bordure on behalf of Agat Films, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma, as well as by Pictanovo (Hauts de France region). Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature film also enjoys support from the SOFICA companies Cinéaxe, Indéfilms, Entourage, SG Image, La Banque Postale Image and Sofitvcine. The 39-day film shoot will unfold between 14 March and 6 May in Paris and in northern France, with Maxence Lemonnier heading up photography. Distribution in French cinemas is entrusted to Diaphana while international sales fall to Playtime.

For the record, Agat Films are currently producing Michel Hazanavicius’ animated movie La plus précieuse des marchandises, whilst also overseeing post-production on Robert Guédiguian’s Et la fête continue, Émilie Deleuze’s 5 hectares [+see also:
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 and Baptiste Debraux’s Moi vivant, vous ne serez jamais morts (article). Meanwhile, 19 March will see the Parisian firm unveiling the first three episodes of the series Under Control (co-produced by Arte France, created by Charly Delwart, directed by Erwan Le Duc and starring Léa Drucker, Samir Guesmi and Laurent Stocker) in a world premiere at Series Mania.

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(Translated from French)

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