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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Céline Sallette is toplining Brillantes

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- A Sensito Films production which is soon to wrap filming, the cast of Sylvie Gautier’s first feature film also includes Camille Lellouche, Julie Ferrier, Eye Haïdara, Souad Amidou and Thomas Gioria

Céline Sallette is toplining Brillantes
Actress Céline Sallette (© Georges Biard)

Filming has now entered the final straight on Sylvie Gautier’s Brillantes , which is due to wrap on 25 January. The cast of the director’s first feature (whose previous works include the short films Sotte and Il n’est pas nécessaire de tout dire aux enfants) comprises Céline Sallette (recently well-received in Red Soil [+see also:
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and the series Vernon Subutex, and hitting cinemas in March in Tropic of Violence [+see also:
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), Camille Lellouche (revealed in Grand Central [+see also:
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, and at her best in The Price of Success [+see also:
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and Love At Second Sight [+see also:
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, among other works), Julie Ferrier (nominated for the 2011 Best Supporting Role César via Heartbreaker [+see also:
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), Eye Haïdara (nominated for 2018’s Best New Hope César via C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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 and hitting cinemas from 9 March in Kung Fu Zohra [+see also:
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), Souad Amidou (The Best Years of a Life [+see also:
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interview: Claude Lelouch
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) and Thomas Gioria (nominated for 2019’s Best Supporting Role César by way of Custody [+see also:
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interview: Xavier Legrand
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, and enjoying similar acclaim for Adoration [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice du Welz
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).

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Written by Sylvie Gautier, the story revolves around 34-year-old Karine who only has one man in her life: Ziggy, her 17-year-old son, who is now a trainee pastry chef. They’ve been through a lot together and have earned the right to be happy. Karine works nights in the company of her colleagues who are cleaning operatives, like her, for a small cleaning company. But the latter is taken over and the boss replaced, sending shockwaves throughout the tight-knit group. A minor accident sees Karine accepting a level of responsibility which is beyond her skillset and reveals her deepest flaws: illiterate, she hides behind her son, but this secret keeps both of them trapped in a mutual dependency which is close to breaking point. Social pressure forces Karine against the ropes, obliging her to reveal her true self in order to defend others. A heroine is born…

Produced by Stéphanie Douet on behalf of Sensito Films, Brillantes has been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and TV5 Monde, and enjoys support from France’s Sud region, as well as the commune of Martigues. The five-week film shoot unfolded in two stages, in December and January, with Yoan Cart heading up photography. Distribution in France will be steered by Alba Films.

For the record, Sensito Films is soon to wrap filming on Toi non plus t'as rien vu by Béatrice Pollet (read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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