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Samuel Theis is in the middle of shooting Petite nature

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- The filmmaker and winner of Cannes’ 2014 Golden Camera for Party Girl is returning to Forbach for his first feature film directed solo, an Avenue B production sold by Totem Films

Samuel Theis is in the middle of shooting Petite nature
Director Samuel Theis

Having kicked off on 16 September, filming on Samuel TheisPetite nature is set to end on 25 November in Forbach where the filmmaker had previously set up shop for his earlier film Party Girl [+see also:
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(co-directed by Claire Burger and Marie Amachoukeli), which was subsequently awarded Cannes’ Golden Camera trophy in 2014, as well as the Un Certain Regard Ensemble Prize, before receiving Best First Film nominations at the 2015 César and Lumières awards.

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For his second feature film – and his first stint as a solo director - Samuel Theis has assembled a cast composed of youngster Aliocha Reinert, rising star Antoine Reinartz (who scooped the 2018 Best Supporting Role César for BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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who recently shone in School Life [+see also:
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, Alice and the Mayor [+see also:
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and Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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, who’ll be hitting French cinemas as of 27 November in Chanson douce, and who we’ll be seeing next year in Arthur Rambo), Izïa Higelin (who walked away with the 2013 Best New Hope César for Mauvaise fille [+see also:
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, who was especially well received in Summertime [+see also:
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, Samba [+see also:
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, and Rodin [+see also:
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, and who’s currently headlining Debout sur la montagne [+see also:
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) and Mélissa Olexa.

Written by the director with the help of Gaëlle Macé, the story centres around Johnny who’s ten years old, but who’s only interested in the world of adults. Living on a social housing estate in Lorraine, he observes his mother’s turbulent love life with curiosity and he, too, sets out to find love. This year, he finds himself in a new teacher’s class, that of Mr. Adamski. This year, he will discover love, and with it, a sudden awakening of his mind…

Produced by Caroline Bonmarchand on behalf of Avenue B Productions, Petite nature is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France 3, the feature film has also been granted an advance on earnings from the CNC, as well as the support of the SOFICA companies Cinécap and Cinéventure, and the Grand Est region of France, where the nine weeks of filming are unfurling, with Jacques Girault (Sauvage [+see also:
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) in charge of cinematography. French distribution will be managed by Ad Vitam while international sales will be entrusted to Totem Films.

For the record, Avenue B Productions’ post-production slate includes Dune Dreams by Samuel Doux (read our article), as well as the co-production La Ruche by Belgium’s Christophe Hermans (article). They will be releasing Sophie Letourneur’s Énorme in cinemas on 1 April 2020 (news), with the Parisian firm’s filmography also including Faultless [+see also:
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and School’s Out [+see also:
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by Sébastien Marnier, Head Above Water [+see also:
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by Margaux Bonhomme, Virgins [+see also:
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by Keren Ben Rafel and Copacabana [+see also:
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by Marc Fitoussi.

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(Translated from French)

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