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Jean-Pierre Améris shooting Les folies fermières

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- Alban Ivanov and Sabrina Ouazani lead the cast of the filmmaker’s latest opus, an Escazal Films production set to be sold worldwide by TF1 Studio

Jean-Pierre Améris shooting Les folies fermières
Actor Alban Ivanov and actress Sabrina Ouazani

The French department of Cantal has seen the first clapperboard slammed on Jean-Pierre Améris’ 13th fiction feature film: Les folies fermières. Starring in the cast are Alban Ivanov (C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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, Sink or Swim
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, recently seen in Lucky [+see also:
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), Sabrina Ouazani (nominated for the 2005 Best New Hope César via Games of Love and Chance [+see also:
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, likewise well received in The Past [+see also:
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, Close Enemies [+see also:
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and May Allah Bless France [+see also:
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, to name a few, and soon to hit cinemas in Kung Fu Zohra), Michèle Bernier (of the series The Intern), Guy Marchand (recently seen in season 3 of Call My Agent!) and Bérangère Krief.

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Written by Jean-Pierre Améris, Marion Michau and Jean-Luc Gaget (the winner of 2017’s Best Original Screenplay César for The Together Project [+see also:
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who was also nominated in the category of Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 for Lulu in the Nude [+see also:
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), the story (which is based upon a true story) revolves around François, a farmer who decides to sell his produce directly to consumers and puts on a cabaret show on his farm to this effect…

The recipient of Cannes’ Critics’ Week award in 1996 thanks to Les aveux de l’innocent, Jean-Pierre Améris was crowned Best Director in San Sebastian in 2001 for C’est la vie before being selected for Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2004 via Lightweight [+see also:
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and gracing Venice’s out-of-competition line-up in 2012 with The Man Who Laughs [+see also:
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, as well as showcasing his movie Marie’s Story [+see also:
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in Locarno’s Piazza Grande in 2014. The filmmaker also boasts My Father’s Stories [+see also:
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in the starting blocks, ready and set for the re-opening of French cinemas.

Les folies fermières is produced by Sophie Révil on behalf of Escazal Films (who already partnered with the director on Marie’s Story) and is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Apollo Films (who will also distribute the movie in French cinemas) and TF1 Studio (who are likewise entrusted with international sales). Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film will enjoy 35 days of filming, which will unfold in Aurillac and will wrap on 28 May.

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(Translated from French)

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