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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France / Belgium

Filming has wrapped on Le Discours by Laurent Tirard

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- Benjamin Lavernhe and Sara Giraudeau play lead roles in this work produced by Les Films sur Mesure and sold by Charades, whose cast also includes Kyan Khojandi, Julia Piaton and François Morel

Filming has wrapped on Le Discours by Laurent Tirard
Director Laurent Tirard (© Christophe Brachet)

Laurent Tirard’s 8th feature film, Le Discours, has just wrapped its six-week film shoot in Paris. It’s a new comedy by a filmmaker who has often struck an impressive balance between artistic quality and respectable box-office results, as demonstrated by The Story of My Life (743,000 admissions in France in 2004 and the winner of the 2005 Best Supporting Role César), Molière [+see also:
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(1.2 million viewers in France in 2007 and four nominations at the 2008 César Awards), Little Nicholas [+see also:
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(5.5 million admissions in France in 2009), Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
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(3.8 million viewers in 2012), Nicholas on Holiday [+see also:
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(2.4 million admissions in 2014), Up For Love [+see also:
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(708,000 admissions in 2016) and Return of the Hero [+see also:
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(816,000 admissions in 2018).

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Leading the cast are Benjamin Lavernhe (nominated for the Best New Hope César in 2018 by way of C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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, enjoyed in Curiosa [+see also:
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and soon to be seen, next year, in Cévennes and Comment je suis devenu super-héros) and Sara Giraudeau (Best Supporting Role César in 2018 for Bloody Milk [+see also:
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, nominated for the Best New Hope César and the Best New Actress Lumières award in 2016, courtesy of Les Bêtises [+see also:
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, also prominent in the TV series The Bureau and touring French cinemas as of 11 December in Spellbound and as of 29 January 2020 in The Translators). Starring alongside them are Kyan Khojandi (Rosalie Blum [+see also:
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), Julia Piaton (Serial (Bad) Weddings [+see also:
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), François Morel (who’ll be gracing billboards in Pascal Rabaté’s Les Sans-dents next year), Guilaine Londez, Sébastien Chassagne and Sarah Suco.

An adaptation by the filmmaker himself of the eponymous novel written by Fabrice Caro (better known under his successful comic book pen name Fabcaro), the story centres on a character called Adrien. "A family dinner, a napkin-holder in the shape of a cock and a discussion revolving around underfloor heating. Who hasn’t felt the need, in the middle of a dismal family dinner, to lose themselves in thought? Who hasn’t been put on “stand-by” and left fretfully waiting for a reconciliatory text? And who hasn’t experienced heightening angst at the idea of having to make a speech at a loved one’s wedding? This evening, for Adrien, is the ultimate nightmare; it ticks all the boxes."

Produced by Olivia Lagache on behalf of Les Films sur Mesure, Le Discours is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, Le Pacte (who will take charge of distribution in French cinemas) and Belgian group Scope Pictures. Pre-purchased by France 2, Canal+, Ciné+ and C8, the feature film also enjoys the support of the SOFICA companies La Banque Postale Image and Cineventure. International sales are headed up by Charades.

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(Translated from French)

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