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Niels Schneider is filming Avant l’effondrement

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- Flanked by Ariane Labed, Souheila Yacoub and Myriem Akhheddiou, the actor leads the cast of Alice and Benoît Zeniter’s first feature film, an Elzévir Films production sold by Pyramide

Niels Schneider is filming Avant l’effondrement
Actor Niels Schneider

Since 9 August, novelist Alice Zeniter (notably the recipient of the 2017 High School Goncourt Prize for The Art of Losing) and her husband Benoît Zeniter have been shooting their first feature film, Avant l’effondrement, whose cast is led by French-Quebecan actor Niels Schneider (awarded the 2017 Best New Hope César for Dark Inclusion [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Arthur Harari
film profile
]
, nominated this year in the Best Actor category for Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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]
, likewise well-received in Sympathy for the Devil [+see also:
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interview: Ella Rumpf
interview: Guillaume de Fontenay
film profile
]
and An Impossible Love [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
, among other works, and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Sentinelle Sud).

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Names standing out alongside him include that of French-Greek talent Ariane Labed (who was named Best Actress in Venice in 2010 for Attenberg [+see also:
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interview: Athina Rachel Tsangari
film profile
]
, nominated for the 2015 Best New Hope César via Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Lucie Borleteau
film profile
]
, and who has just finished filming Flux Gourmet by English director Peter Strickland), Switzerland’s Souheila Yacoub (well-received in Climax [+see also:
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film profile
]
, The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
and, recently, in Cannes in A Brighter Tomorrow [+see also:
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trailer
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]
), Belgium’s Myriem Akhheddiou (who scooped the 2020 Best Supporting Role Magritte for Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
film profile
]
) and Séphora Pondi.

Written by the neo-filmmaking duo, the story (which was a finalist for the 2021 Prix du Scénario) unfolds in a slightly dystopic and scorching-hot Paris that’s more polluted than ever before. A campaign manager for a parliamentary election candidate, Tristan is knocked sideways when he receives an anonymous letter containing a positive pregnancy test. 
Potentially suffering from a fatal and incurable genetic illness, Tristan becomes obsessed with the idea of finding the woman who sent him this test. He decides to carry out an investigation, risking his love life and his career in the process…

Avant l’effondrement is produced by Marie Masmonteil on behalf of Elzévir Films, and co-produced by Après le Déluge and France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Brittany region and of the SOFICA companies Indéfilms, Palatine and Cinéventure. The film shoot will wrap on 17 September at the end of six weeks’ work in Paris and Brittany, with Jean-Louis Vialard (recently well-received in Cannes via Moneyboys [+see also:
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trailer
interview: CB Yi
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]
) at the helm of photography. Distribution in France and international sales are steered by Pyramide.

For the record, Elzévir Films, notably the producers of Party Girl [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire B…
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]
(awarded Cannes’ Caméra d'Or in 2014), were recently responsible for Flore Vasseur’s documentary Bigger Than Us [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
(unveiled in Cannes in July as part of the Cinema for the Climate line-up and due for release in France on 22 September), Émilie Carpentier’s L’horizon (read our article – screened this week in the Angoulême Francophone Film Festival) and Ismaël Ferroukhi’s Mica (article – to be released in France on 24 November).

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(Translated from French)

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