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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Émilie Deleuze is shooting Cinq Hectares

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- Lambert Wilson, Marina Hands, Laurent Poitrenaux and Lionel Dray star in the cast of this Ex Nihilo production, sold by The Party Film Sales

Émilie Deleuze is shooting Cinq Hectares
Actor Lambert Wilson and actress Marina Hands (© Georges Biard)

The first clapperboard has slammed today for Cinq hectares, Émilie Deleuze’s 4th feature film after Peau neuve (awarded the FIPRESCI Prize within Cannes’ 1999 Un Certain Regard line-up), Mister V. (in competition in Locarno 2003) and Miss Impossible [+see also:
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(gracing the Berlinale’s 2016 Generation line-up).

The cast is led by Lambert Wilson (nominated four times for the Best Actor César, not least in 2021 by way of De Gaulle [+see also:
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, and well-received in last year’s Benedetta [+see also:
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) and Marina Hands (awarded 2007’s Best Actress César, at her best in the Mythomaniac series, as well as in The Big Hit, and soon to be seen on 25 May in Men on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown and then in Le Principal in the latter half of the year), and further composed of Laurent Poitrenaux (recently impressive in Secret Name [+see also:
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and Promises [+see also:
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, hitting cinemas on 4 May in The Passengers of the Night [+see also:
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and soon to be seen in Cannes via La montagne) and Lionel Dray (The Crusade [+see also:
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).

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Written by Émilie Deleuze and Marie Desplechin (The Crossing [+see also:
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), with assistance from Patricia Mazuy, the story recounts how an urban sixty-something who’s happy at home and famous in his field, can risk ruining his life in just a few weeks by presuming to buy a tractor against everyone’s advice: that of his partner, his employer and his neighbour and rival farmer…

Cinq hectares is produced by Patrick Sobelman on behalf of Ex Nihilo and has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The film benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC, as well as enjoying further support from the SOFICA companies Cinéaxe and Cinéventure, and the Nouvelle Aquitaine region, where the film will be shot over a seven-week period, with Nathalie Durand (nominated for the 2019 César in her speciality, courtesy of Custody [+see also:
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) heading up photography. The movie’s release in French cinemas will be managed by Paname Distribution, while international sales fall to The Party Film Sales.

For the record, Agat Films & Ex Nihilo have released Mathieu Gérault’s South Sentinel [+see also:
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in cinemas today (the recent recipient of Bergame’s Audience Award), while the Parisian firm are also set to unveil Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Forever Young [+see also:
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in competition in Cannes. They’re currently shooting Et la fête continue by Robert Guédiguian (read our article), while works in post-production include Bowling Saturne [+see also:
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by Patricia Mazuy, Rascals by Jimmy Laporal-Trésor (produced with Spadenews), Amore mio by Guillaume Gouix and La Dernière Reine by Damien Ounouri (interview).

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(Translated from French)

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