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Filming to commence in June on Dinara Drukarova’s Le Grand Marin

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- The actress will also star in the cast of this Slot Machine production, alongside Dylan Robert, Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Sam Louwyck, Hjörtur Jóhann Jónsson and Magne-Håvard Brekke

Filming to commence in June on Dinara Drukarova’s Le Grand Marin
Actress-director Dinara Drukarova

1 June will see Dinara Drukarova kick off filming in Iceland on her 1st feature film as a director: Le Grand Marin. Discovered at 12 years of age in Freeze Die Come to Life, the Russian actress settled in France (where she scooped the Best New Hope César in 2004 for her part in Since Otar Left; her recent screen appearances include My Golden Days [+see also:
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, Kiss & Cry [+see also:
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and seasons 4 and 5 of The Bureau) will also lead the cast of her directorial debut.

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Set to appear alongside her are Dylan Robert (the winner of the Best New Hope César and the Lumières Acting Revelation award in 2019 for Shéhérazade [+see also:
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, also on top form in DNA [+see also:
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), Sri-Lanka’s Antonythasan Jesuthasan (nominated for 2016’s Best Actor César courtesy of Dheepan [+see also:
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and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Notre-Dame brûle), Belgium’s Sam Louwyck (recently seen in Jumbo [+see also:
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and Memory House [+see also:
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), Iceland’s Hjörtur Jóhann Jónsson and Norway’s Magne-Håvard Brekke (Goodbye First Love [+see also:
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).

An adaption by Dinara Drukarova, Raphaëlle Desplechin (nominated for 2011’s Best Original Screenplay César via On Tour [+see also:
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), Léa Fehner (nominated for 2017’s Best Original Screenplay Lumières award via Ogres [+see also:
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) and Gilles Taurand (the winner of the Best Original Screenplay César in 1995, who has since received three further nominations within this category, and four for the Best Adapted Screenplay trophy) based upon Catherine Poulain’s novel of the same name, the story homes in on 35-year-old Lili who decides to leave everything behind to go fishing in the far North. This “man’s world” will see her negotiating her fears, her physical exhaustion and nature unleashed, but above all, she will need to come to terms with who she really is to win a freedom unlike any other…

Le Grand Marin is produced by Marianne Slot and Carine Leblanc on behalf of Parisian firm Slot Machine, in co-production with Arte France Cinéma, Rouge International, Belgium’s Scope Pictures and three Icelandic outfits: Gullslottid, Gulldrengurinn and Mystery Pictures. Pre-purchased by Arte and Canal+, the feature film also benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as the support of the Gan Film Foundation and Procirep. The 30-day film shoot will unfold in Iceland between 1 June and 10 July, with distribution in French cinemas entrusted to Rezo Films.

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(Translated from French)

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