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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Cameras are rolling on Elie Wajeman’s A Night Doctor

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- Vincent Macaigne, Sara Giraudeau and Pio Marmaï top the bill of the filmmaker’s third feature film, a Partizan Films production set to be sold by Be for Films

Cameras are rolling on Elie Wajeman’s A Night Doctor
Actors Vincent Macaigne, Sara Giraudeau and Pio Marmaï

9 December saw Elie Wajeman commence filming on A Night Doctor, his third feature film following on from Alyah [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2012) and Les Anarchistes [+see also:
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(the opening film of Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2015).

Shining bright in the cast are Vincent Macaigne (nominated Best Supporting Actor at the 2018 Césars for C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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, particularly impressive in Non Fiction [+see also:
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and hitting cinemas next year in L'Origine du Monde), Sara Giraudeau (the winner of the 2018 Best Supporting Actress César for Bloody Milk [+see also:
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interview: Hubert Charuel
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, currently touring cinemas via Spellbound and as of 29 January in The Translators [+see also:
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interview: Régis Roinsard
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) and Pio Marmaï (nominated Best Actor at the 2019 Césars for The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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, and set to grace billboards in Comment je suis devenu super-héros in 2020).

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Written by Elie Wajeman, alongside Agnès Feuvre (Dark Inclusion [+see also:
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interview: Arthur Harari
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), the story centres around night-shift doctor Mikael. Between two patients living in challenging areas, he cares for those whom no-one else will see: drug addicts, homeless people... His life is in tatters, not helped by his pharmacist cousin who gets him to write fake prescriptions for Subutex. One night, he decides to break free from this mess and build himself a new life. But the price to pay will be high…

A Night Doctor is produced by Georges Bermann on behalf of Partizan Films, and is co-produced by Domino Films. Pre-purchased by OCS and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Ile-de-France region and the SOFICA companies Cinécap and Cinéaxe. The five-week film shoot will roll on until 17 January, with David Chizallet (who worked on Elie Wajeman’s first two feature films and was César nominated within his speciality in 2016 for Mustang [+see also:
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interview: Deniz Gamze Ergüven
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) in charge of cinematography. French distribution will be managed by Diaphana, while international sales will be entrusted to Belgian group Be for Films.

For the record, Partizan Films also produced Microbe et Gasoil [+see also:
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by Michel Gondry, while Domino Films’ back-catalogue includes works such as Bloody Milk by Hubert Charuel and The Bare Necessity [+see also:
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interview: Erwan Le Duc
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by Erwan Le Duc.

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(Translated from French)

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