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Grondin stars as car thief in Mike

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Grondin stars as car thief in Mike

Final preparations are underway before shooting starts on April 12 on Lars Blumers’ debut feature: Mike. Inspired by a news report, the film will tell the tragicomic story of an antihero who has failed to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

The cast will include Marc-André Grondin (C.R.A.Z.Y., Best Male Newcomer Cesar 2009 for The First Day of the Rest of Your Life [+see also:
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, and currently on screens in Bus Palladium [+see also:
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), Christa Theret (LOL [+see also:
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and soon to be seen in The Sound of Ice Cubes [+see also:
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) and Eric Elmosnino (Je T’aime, Moi Non Plus [+see also:
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).

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Written by the director in collaboration with Laurent Tirard and Grégoire Vigneron (the duo nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Cesar 2008 for Molière [+see also:
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and Best Adapted Screenplay Cesar 2010 for Little Nicolas [+see also:
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), Mike is set in an Alsatian village near the German and Swiss borders. Local 20-somethings Mike, Fred and J-C have fun playing minor league football games, putting together half-baked plans in the garage and going for motorbike rides.

But Mike has a passion for beautiful cars; he steals them and then puts them back where he found them. With a Maserati he charms Sandy and a true love affair begins. But Mike prefers to ignore choices and the new rules that need to be obeyed.

Produced by Raphaël Carassic for Cassidy Production, Mike has been pre-bought by TPS Star and Ciné Cinéma. The film also has an advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), and backing from the Alsace region, the Urban Community of Strasbourg, Sofica Soficinema and Cinemage.

Shooting will take place until May 15 in the Mulhouse region and Saint-Louis. Diaphana will handle theatrical distribution, while Films Distribution will manage international sales.

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(Translated from French)

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