Olivier Ringer is shooting Les Gentils
- The Belgian director is taking temporary leave of the younger viewers to whom he owes his success in order to shoot his new film
Belgian director Olivier Ringer and his producer brother Yves Ringer have been enjoying success for several years now in the domain of live action films for young audiences, offering up movies which have made their way around the world, including Pom, le poulain, On The Sly [+see also:
film profile] and Birds of Passage [+see also:
film profile]. They’ve also found themselves on the receiving end of the European Best Children's Film Award on two separate occasions.
With Les Gentils, the directors are changing register to try their hand at a social comedy, examining the scars and after-effects of globalisation within a small community.
When their biggest client relocates, Michel and Blandine’s small business slowly begins to sink, dragging its staff down with it. Just when they’re losing everything, including their house and their love for one another, they receive help from Florent, their accountant, and Bruno, one of their workers. Together, the four of them try to find a way through.
To star in their film, which is deeply rooted in the local area, Olivier and Yves Ringer have chosen four Belgian actors/actresses who are well-known to the public and ooze popularity: Renaud Rutten (an actor trained in improv and hailing from the world of one-man-shows, as well as a radio commentator well-liked by Belgian audiences who is continually shooting films and TV shows and was recently seen in The Most Assassinated Woman in the World [+see also:
interview: Franck Ribière
film profile], not to mention the Canal+ series Paris Police 1900), Isabelle de Hertogh (likewise hailing from the world of improv, she made her name among mainstream audiences via Come As You Are (Hasta la Vista) [+see also:
interview: Geoffrey Enthoven
film profile] after receiving her first drama award from the Conservatoire, and will soon be hitting screens in 8 Humanity Street and Lost Illusions [+see also:
interview: Xavier Giannoli
film profile]), Tom Audenaert (a Flemish actor known for his roles in the series The Break and Unit 42) and Achille Ridolfi (the winner of the Most Promising Actor Magritte in 2014 for In the Name of the Son [+see also:
film profile] who shares his time and talents between theatre, film and TV projects).
Les Gentils - a 100% Belgian film - is produced by Yves Ringer and Ring Prod. Filming is due to wrap mid-May, having kicked off at the end of March in Brussels and its surrounds.
(Translated from French)
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