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Michel Hazanavicius is shooting comedy horror Final Cut

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- Romain Duris, Bérénice Bejo, Grégory Gadebois, Finnegan Oldfield and Matilda Lutz star in the cast of this La Classe Américaine and Getaway Films production, sold by Wild Bunch International

Michel Hazanavicius is shooting comedy horror Final Cut
Director Michel Hazanavicius, actors Romain Duris and Grégory Gadebois and actress Bérénice Bejo

Awarded five Oscars in 2012 (notably Best Film and Best Director) courtesy of The Artist [+see also:
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, a movie unveiled in competition in Cannes (bagging itself a Best Actor trophy) much like Redoubtable [+see also:
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in 2017, Michel Hazanavicius has been shooting his 8th feature-length picture Final Cut since 19 April.

A remake of the Japanese comedy horror One Cut Of The Dead by Shin’ichirô Ueda (2017 – based upon Ryoichi Wada’s theatre play Ghost in the Box), the film’s cast is led by Romain Duris (recently seen in the series Vernon Subutex and hitting cinemas on 25 August in Eiffel [+see also:
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and again in February 2022 in En attendant Bojangles), Bérénice Bejo (recently seen in A Friendly Tale [+see also:
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and The Lost Prince [+see also:
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, soon to appear in Il materiale emotivo), Grégory Gadebois (recently nominated for 2020’s Best Supporting Role César via An Officer and a Spy [+see also:
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) and Finnegan Oldfield (nominated for the 2016 and 2018 Best New Hope Césars and soon to be seen in the Cannes label-winning Beasts [+see also:
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), alongside Italy’s Matilda Lutz (Revenge [+see also:
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).

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Joining them are Sébastian Chassagne (well-received in the series Irresponsible), Raphaël Quenard (who turned heads in The Third War), Jean-Pascal Zadi (the recipient of 2021’s Best New Hope César for Tout simplement noir [+see also:
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), Lyes Salem (Honey Cigar [+see also:
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, The Man from Oran [+see also:
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), Simone Hazanavicius (the director’s daughter, starring in her first feature film) and Luàna Bajrami (nominated for 2020’s Best New Hope César via Portrait of a Lady on Fire [+see also:
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).

Adapted by Michel Hazanavicius, the story unfolds on the set of a Z-movie veering towards disaster. Surrounded by jaded technicians and disinterested actors, the director seems to be the only person vested with the energy required to breathe life into yet another low-budget zombie film. But as they prepare to shoot an especially uninspiring scene, they’re disrupted by the arrival of the real living dead...

Final Cut is produced by La Classe Américaine (owned by Michel Hazanavicius himself), and by Brahim Chioua and Vincent Maraval on behalf of Getaway Films, together with US firm SK Global Entertainment and BlueLight. Co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, the feature film (on which shooting will continue until the end of May in the Paris region) has also been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and enjoys the support of the SOFICA Company Sofitvcine. World sales are steered by Wild Bunch International (who are also distributing the movie in France), with Gaga already named as the film’s distributor in Japan.

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(Translated from French)

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