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Filming under way on Olivier Babinet’s Poissonsexe

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- Gustave Kervern, India Hair and Ellen Dorrit Petersen star in the cast. A Commes des Cinémas and Tarantula production to be sold by Indie Sales

Filming under way on Olivier Babinet’s Poissonsexe
Actor Gustave Kervern and actresses India Hair and Ellen Dorrit Petersen

Shooting commenced on Olivier Babinet’s third feature film, Poissonsexe on 3 October, after his two previous films both premiered in the ACID programme at Cannesin 2010 and 2016: the fiction feature Robert Mitchum est mort [+see also:
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(co-directed by Fred Kinh and Angers European First Film Festival Grand Prix winner) and the documentary Swagger [+see also:
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(nominated for a César award and Lumières award in 2017).

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The film stars Gustave Kervern (In the Courtyard [+see also:
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, The Fabulous Patars [+see also:
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), India Hair (nominated for a César award and Lumières award in 2013 for Most Promising Performance for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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and also appreciated in Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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, Crash Test Aglaé [+see also:
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and Bloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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), the Norwegian actress Ellen Dorrit Petersen (Amanda award in 2014 for Best Actress for Blind [+see also:
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interview: Eskil Vogt
interview: Eskil Vogt
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, also giving excellent performances in Shelley [+see also:
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and Thelma [+see also:
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interview: Eili Harboe
interview: Joachim Trier
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), Sofian Khammes (Chouf [+see also:
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) and Jean-Benoît Ugeux (I Feel Good [+see also:
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, Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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interview: Michael Roskam
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).

Written by Olivier Babinet and David Elkaïm (Cornelius, The Howling Miller [+see also:
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), the screenplay is set in the near future and focuses on Daniel, a biologist studying the disappearance of fish (which have totally stopped reproducing for some mysterious reason) and haunted by fatherhood. While looking for the mother of his children, he comes across a strange fish and discovers what he is really lacking in life: love.

Produced by Masa Sawada for the Parisian outfit Comme des Cinémas, Poissonsexe was co-produced by the Belgian company Tarantula. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film received an advance on earnings from the CNC, Wallimage, the regions of Normandy and New Aquitaine, Sofica Cinémage and the Landes department. Shooting will last five weeks and will involve the collaboration of the Finnish director of photography Timo Salminen (Aki Kaurismäki’s usual accomplice), who already previously collaborated on Olivier Babinet's first two feature films. The music will be composed by Jean-Benoît Dunckel (from the band Air). French distribution will be provided by Rezo Films, while international sales are being handled by Indie Sales.

For the record, Comme des Cinémas also recently co-produced Asako [+see also:
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by Ryusuke Hamaguchi(in competition at Cannes in 2018), Radiance [+see also:
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and Still the Water [+see also:
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by Naomi Kawase (in competition at Cannes in and 2014) and Harmonium [+see also:
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by Koji Fukada. The film has also produced Le Vampire du soleil levant by Antonin Peretjatko and Placebo d’amour by Pablo Agüero.

(Translated from French)

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