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The cameras are rolling on Edouard Bergeon’s Au nom de la terre

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- Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens and Anthony Bajon top the bill in this feature film first for documentary filmmaker, Bergeon, produced by Nord-Ouest Films

The cameras are rolling on Edouard Bergeon’s Au nom de la terre
Actors Guillaume Canet, Veerle Baetens and Anthony Bajon

Shooting has started in Mayenne this week, as Au nom de la terre, the first full-length fiction project by the documentary filmmaker Edouard Bergeon, gets underway. Known primarily for Les Fils de la terre, L'entrée des Trappistes and Liberté, égalité, improvisez !, Bergeon has somehow managed to put together a rather attractive cast of actors, despite the blatant infancy of his fiction career. Embellishing the line-up are Guillaume Canet (nominated for the Best Actor Cesar for Next Time I’ll Aim for the Heart [+see also:
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, nominated in the same category at the Lumières Awards in both 2014 and 2015 for Jappeloup [+see also:
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and In the Name of My Daughter [+see also:
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respectively, recently well-received in Cannes for his part in Sink or Swim [+see also:
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, and also returning to the big screen in September with Paris Pigalle [+see also:
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), Belgian talent Veerle Baetens (voted Best Actress at the European Film Awards 2013 for The Broken Circle Breakdown [+see also:
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interview: Felix Van Groeningen
interview: Felix Van Groeningen
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, winner of the Best Actress Magritte in 2016 for Un début prometteur [+see also:
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, also at her best in The Ardennes [+see also:
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, and set to top the bill in Duelles), Anthony Bajon (voted Best Actor at this year’s Berlinale for The Prayer [+see also:
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), Rufus (Cesar nominated in 2002 for Best Supporting Role in Amélie, he also made a recent appearance in Knock [+see also:
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) and Samir Guesmi (César nominated in 2013 for Best Supporting Role in Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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, and also brilliant in The Together Project [+see also:
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and Orchestra Class [+see also:
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).

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Written by Edouard Bergeon himself, Bruno Lemer and Emmanuel Courcol (nominated at the 2010 Cesars for her adaptation, Welcome [+see also:
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), the story charts a family saga unfolding over close to 40 years. In 1982, Pierre leaves the US and returns home to Mayenne, buying himself the most beautiful farm in the district – that of his father, Jacques. Over the course of the years, Pierre and his wife, Claire, move ever further down the path of intensive farming. They grow their business, they modernise, and they diversify their produce. But, hand in hand with the happy times spent making plans, revelling in a healthy workload, and living “the good life”, family-style, the couple must also contend with debt and inevitable exhaustion – the exhaustion of a man who must constantly innovate to make ends meet, and the exhaustion of a system which revering productivist values… 

Au nom de la terre will be produced by Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boëffard for Nord-Ouest Films, and co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. It has been pre-sold to Canal+ and OCS, and has been awarded an advance on earnings by the CNC and is also supported by the French region, Pays de la Loire. The eight weeks set aside for filming will be divided into two phases: the first phase, in the surrounds of Laval (Mayenne) and in Sillé-le-Guillaume (Sarthe), will run until 20 July, while the second phase is set to take place in the November-December period. Distribution in France will be managed by Diaphana; international sales are under negotiation. 

Other recent movies produced by Nord-Ouest Films include At War [+see also:
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by Stéphane Brizé (unveiled in competition at the Cannes Film Festival and still on general release in France, with 272,000 admissions counted over a five-week period), the animated film Dilili in Paris [+see also:
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by Michel Ocelot (which opened the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this month and is due for cinema release in October), and two titles currently in post-production: Amanda by Mikhaël Hers (in cinemas this November) and Deux fils by Félix Moati (see our article – due to be released in February 2019).

(Translated from French)

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