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The cameras are rolling on Murder Party

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- Alice Pol, Eddy Mitchell, Miou-Miou, Pablo Pauly, Gustave Kervern, Sarah Stern, Pascale Arbillot and Zabou Breitman star in Nicolas Pleskof’s first feature, a Kazak production sold by Bac Films

The cameras are rolling on Murder Party
Actress Alice Pol

Nicolas Pleskof has been shooting his first feature film Murder Party since 26 November. A comedy thriller, the filmmaker’s debut work boasts a cast composed of Alice Pol (Superchondriac [+see also:
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, J’irai mourir dans les Carpates [+see also:
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), Eddy Mitchell (1996 César for Best Supporting Role, following an earlier nomination in 1982; drawing attention over recent years in Populaire [+see also:
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and Les petits princes [+see also:
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), Miou-Miou (nominated for a César award nine times between 1977 and 1998, ultimately winning the Best Actress accolade in 1980; recently seen in In Safe Hands [+see also:
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), Pablo Pauly (nominated for the Best New Hope César as well as the Lumières Revelation award in 2018 for Step by Step [+see also:
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; touring French cinemas next year in Garder ton nom), Gustave Kervern (at his best in In the Courtyard [+see also:
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, Macadam Stories [+see also:
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and Fishlove [+see also:
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, to name a few), Sarah Stern (a recurrent character in Les Tuche [+see also:
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; touring national cinemas this year in Into the World [+see also:
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 ), Pascale Arbillot (Little White Lies [+see also:
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, Appearances [+see also:
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; touring French cinemas from 27 January in Haute couture and, also in 2021, in On sourit pour la photo) and Zabou Breitman (nominated for the Best Supporting Role César in 1993, and again in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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).

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Penned by Nicolas Pleskof (off the back of La Fémis’ Script Workshop) and Elsa Marpeau (of the Capitaine Marleau series), the story revolves around Jeanne, a brilliant architect who is entrusted with the renovation of a sumptuous manor house belonging to the rather strange Daguerre family, who sit atop a board games empire. When family patriarch César is found murdered, Jeanne is drawn into a real-life murder mystery aimed at unmasking the assassin…

Produced by Amaury Ovise on behalf of Kazak Productions (who already worked with Nicolas Pleskof on two of his shorts) and co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Pictanovo and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes-Cinéma, Murder Party further enjoys the support of Canal+ and Ciné+, and the backing of the SOFICA companies Cofinova, Sofitvcine and La Banque Postale Image. The six-week film shoot, which is scheduled to unfold in the Hauts-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions, will wrap on 15 January with Gilles Porte at the helm of photography. Distribution in France and international sales are both in the hands of Bac Films.

For the record, Kazak is currently steering Julia Ducournau’s hotly anticipated work Titane through post-production (read our news), having recently offered up Manele Labidi’s Arab Blues [+see also:
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(selected in last year’s Giornate degli autori line-up in Venice), Virgil Vernier’s Sophia Antipolis [+see also:
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(gracing Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present section in 2018), Teddy Lussi-Modeste’s The Price of Success [+see also:
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(screened among Toronto’s Special Presentations and in San Sebastien’s New Directors line-up in 2017), Nicolas Silhol’s Corporate [+see also:
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(in competition in Karlovy Vary in 2017), Morgan Simon’s A Taste of Ink [+see also:
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(the winner of a Special Mention in San Sebastien’s New Directors line-up in 2016) and, last but not least, Clément Cogitore’s The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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(showcased in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2015).

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(Translated from French)

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