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Carine Tardieu now shooting The Young Lovers

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- Fanny Ardant, Melvil Poupaud, Cécile de France and Florence Loiret-Caille lead the cast of this feature film by Agat Film & Ex Nihilo and Karé Productions, which is sold by mk2 Films

Carine Tardieu now shooting The Young Lovers
Actors Fanny Ardant, Melvil Poupaud and Cécile de France

Since 14 September, Carine Tardieu has been shooting The Young Lovers, her 4th full-length film after In Mom’s Head [+see also:
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(323,000 admissions in France in 2007), The Dandelions [+see also:
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(619,000 tickets sold in France in 2012) and Just To Be Sure [+see also:
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(unveiled in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2017).

Starring in the cast are Fanny Ardant (recently awarded the Best Supporting Role César for her part in La Belle Époque [+see also:
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and touring cinemas as of 28 October courtesy of DNA [+see also:
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), Melvil Poupaud (nominated for the Best Supporting Role César in 2020 and 2017 for By the Grace of God [+see also:
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Q&A: François Ozon
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and In Bed With Victoria [+see also:
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respectively, and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Petite Fleur), Belgium’s Cécile de France (recently nominated for the Best Actress César for Summertime [+see also:
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and Mademoiselle de Joncquières [+see also:
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, and hitting cinemas in 2021 in both De son vivant and Lost Illusions [+see also:
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) and Florence Loiret-Caille (well-received in The Together Project [+see also:
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and in the series The Bureau, among others), who are further joined by Sharif Andoura and Sarah Henochsberg.

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Initiated by the late Solveig Anspach in league with Agnès de Sacy (nominated for 2010’s Best Adaptation César thanks to One for the Road [+see also:
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) - who finished writing the project with the director - the story centres around Shauna who, at 70 years of age, believes that the best of her life is behind her. Then she finds Pierre, a married, family man who’s twenty-five years her junior, and whom she’d already crossed paths with and been moved by fifteen years earlier. Each of them as overwhelmed as the other by this reunion, Pierre and Shauna embark on an affair and begin to envisage a shared future together...

Produced by Patrick Sobelman on behalf of Agat Films & Ex Nihilo and by Antoine Rein and Fabrice Goldstein on behalf of Karé ProductionsThe Young Lovers is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and by Belgian groups Artemis, BeTV and Voo. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Brittany and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions, as well as that of the SOFICA companies Cinémage, Sofitvcine, Manon and Cinécap. Having kicked off in Brittany, the 8-week film shoot is now continuing in Paris and will eventually end in Lyon, with Belgium’s Elin Kirschfink (Camille [+see also:
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, Our Struggles [+see also:
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) helming cinematography. French distribution will be ensured by Diaphana while international sales are entrusted to mk2 Films.

In terms of the Agat Films & Ex Nihilo Twist film slate, stand-out, future releases include The Big Hit by Emmanuel Courcol (awarded Cannes’ Official Selection label and set to be launched in French cinemas on 23 December by Memento) and four documentaries due to be distributed next year: Golda Maria [+see also:
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interview: Patrick Sobelman and Hugo S…
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by Hugo and Patrick Sobelman, Little Girl [+see also:
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interview: Sébastien Lifshitz
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by Sébastien Lifshitz (both well-received at the recent Berlinale), Their Algeria [+see also:
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interview: Lina Soualem
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by Lina Soualem (discovered at the Visions du Réel Festival) and Trop d’amour by Frankie Wallach. Stealing focus in post-production, meanwhile, are Le baiser de Mésopotamie by Hiner Saleem and three film shoots which were impeded by the health crisis back in the spring and which will now unfold in the autumn: Sentinelle Sud by Mathieu Gérault (read our article), Twist à Bamako by Robert Guédiguian (article) and La dernière reine by Damien Ounouri (interview).

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(Translated from French)

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