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Bernard Stora shoots The Case

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- Niels Arestrup, Patrick Bruel, Paul Hamy, Laurent Stocker, Irène Jacob and Michel Bouquet star in this JPG Films production, with Bac Films handling sales

Bernard Stora shoots The Case
Actors Niels Arestrup, Patrick Bruel and Paul Hamy

Seasoned director Bernard Stora hasn’t worked in film for almost 20 years, choosing to focus on fiction television after his last film A Major Inconvenience. This changed on 20 May, when he began shooting his 5th feature: The Case (Villa Caprice).

The cast includes Niels Arestrup, who won the César for Best Supporting Actor in 2006, 2010 and 2014 for The Beat That My Heart Skipped [+see also:
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, A Prophet [+see also:
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and The French Minister [+see also:
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; and was nominated in 2018 for See You Up There [+see also:
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and for the Best Actor César in 2015 for Diplomacy [+see also:
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. Patrick Bruel, nominated for the Best Actor César in 2013 for What's in a Name? [+see also:
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, and soon in Le meilleur reste à venir this December, also stars. Alongside them are Paul Hamy (nominated in 2014 at the Césars and the Lumières for the Best Newcomer award for Suzanne [+see also:
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; outstanding in Sibyl [+see also:
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, The Ornithologist [+see also:
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, 9 Fingers [+see also:
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and Jessica Forever [+see also:
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), Laurent Stocker (Best Newcomer César in 2008 for Hunting and gathering [+see also:
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; appreciated in Miss and the Doctors [+see also:
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and in The Summer House [+see also:
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), Irène Jacob (nominated at the Césars in 1992 and in 1995 for The Double Life of Véronique and Three Colours: Red, recently seen in the TV series The OA), Michel Bouquet (winner of the César for Best Actor in 2002 and 2006 for How I Killed My Father [+see also:
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and The Last Mitterand, nominated in 2014 for Renoir [+see also:
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), Sophie Verbeeck (nominated for Best Female Newcomer at the Lumières awards in 2016 for All About Them [+see also:
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) and François Vincentelli.

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Written by the director (who was nominated for a Best Screenplay César in 1986 for An Impudent Girl) with Pascale Robert-Diard and Sonia Moyersoen, the script centres on Luc Germon (Arestrup), a famous lawyer who thinks he’s got it made until he gets a new client, Gilles Fontaine (Bruel), one of the most powerful company owners in France. The latter is suspected of having acquired a wonderful property, the Caprice Villa, under suspicious circumstances. Humiliated and furious to have been duped, Fontaine relies on Germon’s skills to get him out of this mess. But after a strange turn of events, the two men, though supposed to be allies, soon begin to compete against each other...

Produced by Jean-Pierre Guérin and Thierry de Clermont-Tonnerre for JPG Films, and by David Grumbach for Bac Films (which will handle French distribution and international sales), The Case is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and by Umedia from Belgium. Pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also supported by the Île-de-France region, Sofica Manon, and SG Images. The shoot is set to last six weeks in Paris and on the Côte d’Azur. Thomas Hardmeier (winner of the César for Best Cinematography in 2014 for his work on The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet [+see also:
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and nominated in 2015 for Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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) is the film’s cinematographer. French distribution and international sales will be handled by Bac Films.

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(Translated from French)

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