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The Life of Infamous Men has entered post-production

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- Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone are kicking off editing on their second feature film, produced and sold by Shellac, following Sheep which was revealed in Locarno in 2013

The Life of Infamous Men has entered post-production
Julien Nortier during the shoot for The Life of Infamous Men

Post-production commenced today on The Life of Infamous Men, Gilles Deroo and Marianne Pistone’s second feature film after Sheep [+see also:
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(awarded the Special Jury Prize - within the Cineasti del Presente section - and the Best First Film trophy in Locarno in 2013, and nominated for the Louis-Delluc Best First Film award in 2014). The cast includes non-professional actors Julien Nortier, Jade Laurencier, Michael Mormentyn, Dany Hermetz and Thierry Zirnheld.

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Penned by the filmmaking duo, the story revolves around Mathurin Milan who was committed to a Charenton hospital on 31 August 1707: "His madness has always been to hide himself away from his family, to lead an obscure life in the countryside, to engage in litigation, to lend money to the point of no return, to walk his poor spirit along unknown roads and to believe himself capable of the biggest jobs."

Produced by Thomas Ordonneau on behalf of Shellac, The Life of Infamous Men benefits from production aid from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and from Pictanovo (the Hauts-de-France region). Likewise backed by the department of Dordogne, the feature film also enjoyed support at the writing stage from the Normandy and Hauts-de-France regions. The 28-day film shoot took place between 14 October and 20 November. Distribution in France and international sales are set to be steered by Shellac.

For the record, Shellac recently produced Our Eternal Summer [+see also:
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by Émilie Aussel (which won the Special Jury Prize in Locarno’s Cineasti del Presente line-up this year, and which will hit French cinemas on 26 April), alongside documentaries J’ai aimé vivre là [+see also:
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and En nous (read our article – opening the 44th Cinéma du Réel Festival on 10 March, just ahead of its cinema release on 22 March) by Régis Sauder, and Goodbye Mister Wong [+see also:
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by Kyé Simon Luang (to be released in France on 29 December). In house writers are already working on L'Extase de Dorothée by Émilie Aussel, Un homme s'est échappé by Régis Sauder and Fleur de Bambou by Kiyé Simon Luang.

Stand-out works on the firm’s co-production slate include The Tale of King Crab [+see also:
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by Alessio Rigo de Righi and Matteo Zoppis (discovered in this year’s Directors’ Fortnight and due for release in France on 9 February 2022), Grand Tour (in post-production and due to be ready in 2022) and Sauvagerie by Portugal’s Miguel Gomes (in production, expected to be ready for 2023 and co-produced by the Marseille-based outfit alongside Arte France Cinéma, among others – news), as well as two titles which will also be ready next year: Les damnés by Italy’s Roberto Minervini and Serena by his compatriot Alessandro Comodin.

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(Translated from French)

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