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Shooting on Tropiques enters the home straight

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- Louis Peres, Pablo Cobo and Spain’s Marta Nieto star in the cast of Édouard Salier’s debut film, produced by Rezo and sold by Pulsar Content

Shooting on Tropiques enters the home straight
Actors Louis Peres (© Jean-Philippe Baltel/FTV) and Pablo Cobo and actress Marta Nieto (© Pedro J. Pacheco)

After seven weeks’ work in France, Édouard Salier is wrapping filming on his first fiction feature, the science-fiction film Tropiques, with a few days in Guyana as of 27 September. The director who previously co-helmed the documentary Africa Mia [+see also:
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after signing his name to a great many short films (including Flesh – presented in the Venice Film Festival in 2005 and in competition at the Sundance Festival 2006 – not to mention Habana in 2014) has gathered together a cast composed of Louis Peres (the star of the Germinal series who also turned heads in Honey Cigar [+see also:
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, How I Became a Superhero [+see also:
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and the Mental series), Pablo Cobo (well-received in Jeunesse sauvage [+see also:
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and series Stalk) and Spain’s Marta Nieto (awarded 2019’s Best Actress trophy in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up, and nominated in the same category at the Goya Awards as well as at the European Film Award in 2020 by way of Madre [+see also:
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).

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Written by Mauricio Carrasco (who graduated from La Fémis’ screenwriting department in 2018) and Édouard Salier himself, the story plunges into the year 2028 to follow Lazaro (Pablo Cobo) and Tristan (Louis Peres) who are brothers and best friends. One day, Tristan is contaminated by toxic waste which leaves him physically monstrous, mentally impaired and fluorescent by night. It’s a catastrophe which forces Lazaro to grieve for his brother and to learn to love him as he is, in a world which has no place for monsters…

Tropiques is produced by Ninon Chapuis and Jean-Michel Rey on behalf of Rezo Productions, in co-production with Digital District and Pictanovo. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys support from the CNC, by way of an advance on receipts, as well as from the Hauts-de-France and Grand Est regions, and the SOFICA company Cinécap. With photography entrusted to Mathieu Plainfossé (who drew attention via his American work The Iron Orchard), it’s also worth noting that this work was selected, in project form, for the 2020 Emergence Film Lab. Distribution in France will be steered by Rezo Films and international sales by Pulsar Content.

For the record, the Rezo Productions pipeline also includes the project Les Jours plus intenses de Guido Kalb by Italy’s Tommaso Usberti (who graduated from La Fémis and won the 3rd Cinéfondation Prize in Cannes 2017 with Two Youths Died), on which filming is scheduled to start in the spring.

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(Translated from French)

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