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Filming imminent for Virginie Efira in Madeleine Collins

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- The actress is leading the cast of Antoine Barraud’s 3rd feature film, sold by Charades and produced by Les Films du Bélier in league with Close Up Films and Frakas

Filming imminent for Virginie Efira in Madeleine Collins
Actress Virginie Efira

26 September will see filming begin on Madeleine Collins, the 3rd full-length film by Antoine Barraud, following The Sinkholes [+see also:
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(discovered in the Filmmakers of the Present line-up, in Locarno 2012) and Portrait of the Artist [+see also:
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(unveiled in the Berlinale Forum in 2015).

Starring in the cast is Belgian actress Virginie Efira (recently very well received in Sibyl [+see also:
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and touring cinemas next year in Anne Fontaine’s Police, Paul Verhoeven’s Benedetta and Albert Dupontel’s Adieu Les Cons), France’s Bruno Salomone (Goal of the Dead [+see also:
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, La Maison [+see also:
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, Brice de Nice [+see also:
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), Spain’s Quim Gutiérrez (winner of the Best Supporting Role award in Malaga this year for Litus [+see also:
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, also much enjoyed in Wùlu [+see also:
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and Spy Time [+see also:
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, among other works), American star Jacqueline Bisset and, last but not least, Nathalie Boutefeu (Pale Eyes [+see also:
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, The Moon Child [+see also:
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).

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Written by Antoine Barraud and Héléna Klotz (Atomic Age [+see also:
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), the story centres around Judith who is leading a double life divided between Switzerland and France. On the one hand, there’s Abdel, with whom she’s raising a little girl, and on the other, there’s Melvil, with whom she has two older boys. Slowly and dangerously, this fragile equilibrium, composed of lies, secrets and endless comings and goings, begins to tip. Trapped in her own web, Judith chooses to carry on regardless, forging blindly onwards up a slippery, vertiginous slope… It’s a story which won itself a special award at France’s Screenplay Awards (Prix du Scénario) - formerly the Sopadin Awards - in 2017.

Produced by Justin Taurand on behalf of the Parisian firm Les Films du Bélier (who previously teamed up with the filmmaker on his earlier work The Sinkholes), Madeleine Collins is co-produced by Swiss group Close Up Films and Belgium’s Frakas Productions. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and RTS, the feature film is also supported by Eurimages, the Hauts-de-France region (Pictanovo) and Cinéforom, to name a few. Shooting will commence on 26 September, scheduled to end on 15 November, and will mainly unfold in the Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France regions. French distribution will be managed by UFO Distribution and Paname Distribution (who will partner up for the occasion), while international sales are in the hands of Charades.

The afore-mentioned Les Films du Bélier, the young, independent production company who took home the IFCIC Award in 2017, are set to release Frank Beauvais’ documentary Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream [+see also:
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(discovered this year in the Berlinale Forum) in French cinemas on 25 September, while De nos frères blessés by Hélier Cisterne (read our article) is currently gracing their post-production slate. For the record, past films produced by the firm include Diamantino [+see also:
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by Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt (Cannes’ Critics’ Week Grand Prize 2018) and Heal The Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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by Katell Quillévéré.

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(Translated from French)

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