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End of filming in sight for Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude

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- Karole Rocher, Garance Marillier, Roschdy Zem, Pierre Deladonchamps, Paul Hamy, Benjamin Biolay, Annabelle Belmondo and Hafsia Herzi star in a Les Compagnons du Cinéma production sold by Wild Bunch

End of filming in sight for Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude
(from left to right) Annabelle Belmondo, Susann Carmen, Joséphine de La Baume, (the back of) Ildjima Masrangar, Hafsia Herzi and Garance Marillier on the shoot for Madame Claude

Final stretch for the shoot of Sylvie Verheyde’s Madame Claude, which will end on June 25 after seven weeks of work. The film is the director’s 6th feature after Un Frère… (Directors’ Fortnight 1997), Princesses (2000), Stella [+see also:
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(Giornate degli Autori in the Venice Film Festival in 2008), Confessions of a Child of the Century [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012) and Sex Doll [+see also:
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(2016).

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The cast includes Karole Rocher (nominated for a Best Supporting Actress César award for Poliss [+see also:
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interview: Maïwenn
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]
in 2012, great in the TV series Braquo), Garance Marillier (nominated for the Most Promising Actress César award in 2018 for Raw [+see also:
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interview: Julia Ducournau
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]
), Roschdy Zem (Best Actor in Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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]
, well received last month in Cannes in Oh mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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]
; in cinemas on July 17 in Persona non grata [+see also:
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, and soon in The Girl with a Bracelet), Pierre Deladonchamps (winner of the Most Promising Actor César award for Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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]
; soon to be seen in Notre Dame), Paul Hamy (well received recently in Sibyl [+see also:
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interview: Justine Triet
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]
, The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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]
, 9 Fingers [+see also:
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interview: FJ Ossang
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]
and Jessica Forever [+see also:
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) and Benjamin Biolay (recently in Cannes in On a Magical Night [+see also:
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interview: Christophe Honoré
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]
).

Also in the cast are Annabelle Belmondo, Hafsia Herzi (recently seen in Cannes in Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo [+see also:
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and in You Deserve a Lover [+see also:
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interview: Hafsia Herzi
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]
), Joséphine de la Baume, Mylène Jampanoï, Philippe Rebbot, Camille Razat, Franco-Irish actress Liah O'Prey, Alexandrina Turcan, Susann Carmen and Ildjima Masrangar.

Written by the director in collaboration with Patrick Rocher, the script is set in the late 1960s. Madame Claude reigns over Paris and beyond thanks to her thriving business. By reinventing the codes of prostitution, borrowing those of the bourgeoisie, and inventing a respectable past for herself, she has become a businesswoman feared and respected by everyone, from the world of business to that of organised crime. A woman of power in a field and a time that belongs to men, on the eve of the great movements for the liberation of women, she will also be witness to the end of an era. But she will meet Sidonie, her opposite in every way, but also her alter ego — an encounter that will lead to the crumbling of her empire…

Produced by Florence Gastaud for Les Compagnons du Cinéma (a company she founded with Michel Hazanavicius and Riad Sattouf), Madame Claude is co-produced by TNG Productions and by Wild Bunch. Pre-bought by OCS and Ciné+, the feature also benefits from the support of the Ile-de-France region and of Sofica Sofitvcine. The shoot, which began on May 2, took place in Paris, in Ile-de-France, and in Nice, with Léo Hinstin (nominated for a Lumières award in 2016 for his work on Nocturama [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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) as cinematographer. French distribution and international sales will be handled by Wild Bunch.

It is worth noting that Les Compagnons du Cinéma began their activity by producing Michel Hazanavicius’ Redoubtable [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
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]
(in competition in Cannes in 2017) and that they have just announced, at the Annecy Festival, the animated feature project La plus précieuse des marchandises which they will co-produce with Ex Nihilo. Adapted from the novel by Jean-Claude Grumberg, the film will be directed by Hazanavicius, with Les Films du Fleuve from Belgium involved as minority co-producers, Prima Linea as producers, and StudioCanal already handling the film’s French distribution and international sales.

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(Translated from French)

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