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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Filming to kick off in August on Pierre Salvadori’s La Petite Bande

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- A Les Films Pelléas production sold worldwide by Wild Bunch, the director’s 10th feature looks set to be a rejuvenating experience with its very young cast filming over a three-month period in Corsica

Filming to kick off in August on Pierre Salvadori’s La Petite Bande
Director Pierre Salvadori

The first clapperboard will slam on 10 August for La Petite Bande, the 10th feature film by Pierre Salvadori whose most recent opus The Trouble With You [+see also:
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was unveiled at the 2018 Directors’ Fortnight before clocking up nine César nominations (notably in the categories of Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay). Starring in the cast are youngsters Paul Belhoste, Mathys Clodion-Gines, Aymé Medeville, Colombe Schmidt and Redwan Sellam.

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Penned by Pierre Salvadori and his usual writing partner Benoît Graffin, the story begins in a small Corsican town where 12-year-olds Cat, Fouad, Antoine and Manu have hatched a plan: to set fire to the Chambon Factory which is polluting the most beautiful river around. Every initiative is put to the vote, but constant ties put pay to any action. So the little band decide to hire a 5th associate to resolve the problem, and, to his great surprise, eternal loner Aimé is chosen. Upon his arrival, things start to move quickly… and become incredibly complicated!

Produced by Philippe Martin and David Thion for Les Films Pelléas (a group who’ve worked on all of Salvadori’s feature films, since 1993’s Cible émouvante), La Petite Bande will be co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the title will also benefit from an advance on receipts from the CNC. Filming will run from 10 August to 10 November in Corsica, with Julien Poupard helming photography. French distribution will be entrusted to Gaumont while international sales will be steered by Wild Bunch.

Especially noteworthy among Les Films Pelléas’ recent works are Simple Passion by Danielle Arbid (Cannes 73 Official Selection Label), the film in post-production Lovers by Nicole Garcia (starring Pierre Niney, Stacy Martin and Benoît Magimel, and one of the most serious contenders for Venice competition selection) and the documentaries The Brain by Jean-Stéphane Bron and Les Indes galantes by Philippe Béziat.

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(Translated from French)

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