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Bouli Lanners is adapting Nature Humaine

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- The Belgian filmmaker is currently working on an adaptation of the novel by French writer Serge Joncour, which won the Prix Femina in 2020

Bouli Lanners is adapting Nature Humaine
Director Bouli Lanners

Belgian filmmaker Bouli Lanners is currently adapting Nature Humaine by French writer Serge Joncour, which won the Prix Femina in 2020.

This will be the first literary adaptation to come courtesy of a director who has thus far set his sights on original stories. The book provides an overview of France at the end of the 20th century, questioning the fluctuating and complex relationship between humankind and nature, and homing in on day-to-day farm life and the agricultural revolution.

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Trained as a painter, Lanners has filmed and magnified nature on various occasions, whether Wallonia in Ultranova [+see also:
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(selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama section in 2005), Eldorado [+see also:
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(screened in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2008) and The Giants [+see also:
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(gracing Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2011 and scooping the CICAE Award and the SACD Prize), the plains of the Beauce region in The First, The Last [+see also:
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(chosen for the Berlinale’s Panorama line-up in 2016), or the wild coast of Scotland’s Isle of Lewis in his hotly anticipated film Nobody Has to Know [+see also:
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, which was co-directed with Flemish talent Tim Mielants (Patrick [+see also:
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), which was shot in English and in which he plays a leading role alongside Michelle Fairley. We’re well aware of the filmmaker’s commitment to degrowth and his position against nuclear power, so the film should fit perfectly with his concerns as a citizen of the world and his love for the earth.

As with his previous films, Lanners will be supported by Versus Production in Belgium, who are co-developing the film with Ad Vitam in France.

Versus Production - who have just co-produced Simple Passion [+see also:
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by Danielle Arbid (an adaptation of Annie Ernaux’s novel which was awarded Cannes’ 2020 label and will be released in France in August), Lost Bullet [+see also:
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, which was broadcast on Netflix in lockdown, the Arte series La Corde and Etienne Comar’s new film A l’ombre des filles (read our news) - are gearing up to kick off filming on Delphine Girard’s first feature film Le plus vivant possible (news). Versus are also preparing two upcoming projects by Olivier Masset-Depasse: the third chapter of the misadventures of Largo Winch (following on from Largo Winch [+see also:
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and Largo Winch II [+see also:
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, directed by Jérôme Salle) and the American remake of Masset-Depasse’s psychological thriller which won 8 trophies at the Magritte Film Awards, Mothers’ Instinct [+see also:
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(news).

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(Translated from French)

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