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Caroline Vignal shooting Cévennes

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- Laure Calamy, Benjamin Lavernhe and Olivia Côte are among the cast of the filmmaker’s second feature, which is being staged by Chapka Films and La Filmerie, and will be sold by Playtime

Caroline Vignal shooting Cévennes
Actors Laure Calamy and Benjamin Lavernhe

The first clapperboard is due to slam today for Cévennes, which marks the return of Caroline Vignal, after she rose to fame in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2000 with her feature debut, Other Girls. For the cast of her second opus, billed as a comedy, the director has enlisted the services of Laure Calamy (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2018 for Ava [+see also:
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, extremely popular in recent titles such as Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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and Sibyl [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens soon in Seules les bêtes, Le Dindon, Temps de chien and La Belle Équipe), Benjamin Lavernhe (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2018 for C’est la vie! [+see also:
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, and giving solid performances earlier this year in Love at Second Sight [+see also:
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and Curiosa [+see also:
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; hitting movie theatres as of late December in Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part and in 2020 in The French Dispatch) and Olivia Côte (In Safe Hands [+see also:
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, The Together Project [+see also:
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, News from Planet Mars [+see also:
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).

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The story, written by Caroline Vignal, revolves around Antoinette, who has spent the last few months eagerly awaiting the summer and the promise of a romantic week with her lover, Vladimir. But at the last minute, he cancels, as his wife has booked a family hike in the Cévennes mountains – with a donkey! Left by the wayside, on the spur of the moment Antoinette also decides to leave and sets off on the Robert Louis Stevenson Trail. When she arrives, there’s no sign of Vladimir, but she does come across a certain Patrick – a stubborn donkey (no one’s perfect!) that will accompany her on her unusual journey...

Produced by Laetitia Galitzine for Chapka Films and by Aurélie Rouvière for La Filmerie, Cévennes is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and Belga Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also being backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the La Banque Postale Image and Cinémage Soficas, and the department of Lozère. The seven-week shoot will take place from 11 June-31 July in the Cévennes and in the Paris region, with Simon Beaufils (Knife + Heart [+see also:
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, Sibyl, Blonde Animals [+see also:
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) serving as DoP. The French theatrical distribution will be entrusted to Diaphana and the international sales to Playtime.

As a reminder, Chapka Films has recent movies such as Love at Second Sight by Hugo Gélin (which has racked up 556,000 admissions in France this year) under its belt, and it currently has Miss by Ruben Alves in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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