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Emily Atef in the midst of filming More Than Ever

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- Vicky Krieps, Gaspard Ulliel, Bjørn Floberg and Liv Ullmann star in this movie produced by Eaux Vives in league with Niko Film, Samsa Film, Mer Film and Jour2Fête, and sold by The Match Factory

Emily Atef in the midst of filming More Than Ever
Actress Vicky Krieps, actor Gaspard Ulliel and actress-director Liv Ullmann

After a period of shooting in Bordeaux, France, between 14 and 23 April, Emily Atef’s More Than Ever film crew have switched location this past week and are now in full swing in a Luxembourg studio. The French-Iranian filmmaker born in Germany will later make her way to Norway on 11 May, where filming is set to wrap following a compulsory period of quarantine, with the final clapperboard slamming on 5 June.

The 5th feature film to be offered up by this director, who notably received acclaim for The Stranger In Me [+see also:
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(discovered in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2008) and Three Days in Quiberon [+see also:
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(in competition in Berlin in 2018), More Than Ever will star Luxembourg actress Vicky Krieps (who achieved world fame with Phantom Thread, whom we’ll be seeing in coming months in Bergman Island and who will be on set filming the two-part movie consisting of D'Artagnan and Milady this summer), France’s Gaspard Ulliel (soon to join Bertrand Bonello in La bête – read our news), Norway’s Bjørn Floberg (who scooped 2019’s Best Supporting Role Amanda for Out Stealing Horses [+see also:
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) and his very famous compatriot Liv Ullmann (whose most recent big screen appearance dates back to 2012 and the film Two Lives [+see also:
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). A cameo role coming courtesy of German actor Ulrich Tukur (recently on top form in Adults in the Room [+see also:
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) is equally noteworthy.

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Written by Emily Atef and Germany’s Lars Hubrich (Goodbye Berlin [+see also:
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, Rival [+see also:
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), the story homes in on Hélène, a 33-year-old woman who lives in Bordeaux, France, and is in a happy relationship, but whose life takes an unexpected turn when she finds out she is suffering from a rare lung disease. After discovering Norway by way of a blog, Helene decides to leave everything behind and embark upon a trip across Europe, all the way to Norway, to find a new path…

More Than Ever is produced by Xenia Maingot on behalf of Paris’s Eaux Vives Productions, Germany’s Niko Film, Luxembourg’s Samsa Film and Norway’s Mer Film (who will also distribute the film in their country), in co-production with French firm Jour2Fête (who will also oversee distribution in French cinemas). Bjoca and Ramona Productions (France) have also added their names to this co-producer pool.

Pre-purchased by Ciné+, the feature film enjoys the support of Eurimages, the mini co-production treaty between France and Germany, Arte (via its Grand Accord), the Luxembourg Film Fund, the Norwegian Film Fund, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the Zefyr Regional Fund Norway, the CNC, the German Federal Film Fund (DFFF) and Pandora (who will distribute the work in Germany). International sales, meanwhile, are steered by The Match Factory.

Cinematography on More Than Ever is entrusted to Belgium’s Yves Cape (whose recent film slate includes Zombi Child [+see also:
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, to say nothing of The Prayer [+see also:
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), costumes to French talent Dorothée Guiraud (nominated for the 2020 César in her category for Portrait of A Lady On Fire [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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]
) and, last but least, set design to Germany’s Silke Fischer (who also worked on the Unorthodox series, as well as Toni Erdmann [+see also:
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Q&A: Maren Ade
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).

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(Translated from French)

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