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Bruno Dumont’s On A Half Clear Morning is now in the starting blocks

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- Filming will begin next month on the 3B, Red Balloon Film, Scope Pictures and Tea Time Film production, sold by Indie Sales, with Léa Seydoux and Blanche Gardin leading the cast

Bruno Dumont’s On A Half Clear Morning is now in the starting blocks
Director Bruno Dumont and actress Léa Seydoux

The first clapperboard is set to slam on 14 October for On a Half Clear Morning (the film’s provisional international title) by Bruno Dumont, whose last opus Joan of Arc [+see also:
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interview: Bruno Dumont
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was released last Wednesday in cinemas across France. His upcoming work will bring together Léa Seydoux (currently topping the bill in Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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and set to be seen next year in The Story of My Wife – read our article) and humourist Blanche Gardin (who will be touring French cinemas from 13 November in the sketch-based film Selfie and who has just finished shooting Effacer l’historiquearticle).

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This will be the 10th fiction feature film by Bruno Dumont, who has been selected eight times to participate in Cannes (scooping the Grand Prix in both 1999 and 2006 for Humanity and Flanders [+see also:
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respectively, also competing in 2016 with Slack Bay [+see also:
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Q&A: Bruno Dumont
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, garnering a Special Mention from the Caméra d’Or jury in 1997 for The Life of Jesus, topping the bill of the Un Certain Regard section in 2011 with Hors Satan [+see also:
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and this year with Joan of Arc – which earned itself a Special Jury Mention – and gracing the Directors’ Fortnight sidebar, first in 2014 with the cinematic version of the series Li’l Quinquin [+see also:
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and then again in 2018 with the TV fiction film Jeannette, The Childhood of Joan of Arc [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Bruno Dumont
film profile
]
), as well as competing in both Venice (Twentynine Palms [+see also:
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in 2003) and Berlin (Camille Claudel 1915 [+see also:
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interview: Bruno Dumont
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in 2013), without forgetting the unveiling of the series Coincoin and the Extra Humans [+see also:
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which took place in Locarno’s Piazza Grande last year.

Penned by Bruno Dumont, the story chronicles the frenetic life of a famous TV star and journalist who becomes caught in the trappings of celebrity and subsequently overcome by a spiral of events which ultimately lead to her downfall. Determined to leave her tragic identity behind her, she redeems herself through hard work and finds her way back to her former life; though this time she’s equipped with a sense of irony and ridicule…

Produced by Jean Bréhat and Rachid Bouchareb on behalf of 3B Productions (Dumont’s trusty partners), On A Half Clear Morning will be co-produced by Arte France Cinéma, German firm Red Balloon Film, Belgium’s Scope Pictures and Italian outfit Tea Time Film. Pre-purchased by Arte and Ciné+, the feature film will also enjoy support from Pictanovo (representing the Hauts-de-France region), the Ile-de-France region, Eurimages, and the SOFICA companies SofiCineTV and Cinémage. The eight weeks of filming will take in Paris, the Opal Coast (Hauts-de-France), Bavaria and Puglia and are set to wrap on 13 December, with David Chambille heading up photography. French distribution will be led by ARP Sélection and international sales by Indie Sales.

For the record, 3B Productions recently gave us The Truth [+see also:
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interview: Hirokazu Kore-eda
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by Hirokazu Kore-eda (which opened the recent Venice Film Festival, screened in competition, and due to be released in France on 25 December) and is currently developing Atiq Rahimi’s Ports of Call (an adaptation of the eponymous novel by Amin Maalouf which is due to begin shooting in April next year, starring Golshifteh Farahani, Mika, Kev Adams and Belçim Bilgin in the cast) as well as Karim Dridi’s Les Fainéants.

(Translated from French)

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