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Arte France Cinéma supports Patricia Mazuy's Portraits trompeurs

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- The director's next film, which will reunite her with Isabelle Huppert, will be co-produced by the Franco-German channel, as will the new projects by Emmanuel Finkiel, Walter Salles and Payal Kapadia

Arte France Cinéma supports Patricia Mazuy's Portraits trompeurs
Director Patricia Mazuy and actress Isabelle Huppert (© Georges Biard)

The second selection committee of the year 2022 of Arte France Cinéma (headed by Olivier Père) has chosen to commit to co-production and pre-purchase on four projects.

Among them is Patricia Mazuy's Portraits trompeurs, which reunites her with Isabelle Huppert 22 years after The King’s Daughters (Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2000 and eight nominations at the César Awards in 2001). The sixth feature film by the director, whose filmography also includes Peaux de vaches (Un Certain Regard Cannes 1989), Of Women and Horses [+see also:
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(Piazza Grande Locarno 2011), Paul Sanchez is back! [+see also:
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(2018) and Bowling Saturne [+see also:
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, will also star Hafsia Herzi. The script tells of an unlikely friendship between two women whose husbands are in prison. A meeting between a courageous young mother and a refined bourgeois woman. What brings them together? The hardships? Loneliness? One will help the other. Or maybe it's the other way around... The shooting of this ARP and Picseyes Films production is scheduled for January and February 2023 in Metz, Strasbourg and Ile-de-France.

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Arte France Cinéma will also support Emmanuel Finkiel's La chambre de Mariana, which will reunite the filmmaker with Mélanie Thierry in the lead role after Memoir of War [+see also:
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(competition at San Sebastián in 2017 and eight nominations at the 2019 César). This time, the director will adapt Aaron Appelfeld's novel of the same name. In 1943, on the borders of Ukraine and Poland, Yulia, who is fleeing the ghetto and deportation, entrusts her son Hugo, 11, to a childhood friend, Mariana, 35, who is a prostitute in a brothel. Hidden in a windowless room adjoining the young woman's bedroom, Hugo's existence is suspended by the noises and scenes he guesses through the partition: with imagination as his only resource, Hugo becomes aware of both the massacres being perpetrated and the mysteries of sexuality... The film will be shot in Hungary in early 2023 and is being produced by French companies Cinéfrance Studios and Curiosa Films, Israeli outfits Metro Communications and Sunshine Films, Belgian company Tarantula and Hungarian outfit Proton.

Arte France Cinéma has also selected two projects scheduled to shoot in the first quarter of 2023: Je suis encore là by Brazilian multi-award winner Walter Salles (an adaptation of Marcelo Rubens Paiva's book of the same name, about a mother fighting the military dictatorship in the 1970s, which is being helmed by Paris-based MACT Productions with Brazilian companies Videofilmes and RT Features) and All We Imagine as Light by India's Payal Kapadia (her first feature-length drama after the multi-award winning documentary A Night of Knowing Nothing [+see also:
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) which is being produced by French company Petit Chaos, India's Chalk & Cheese and Another Birth, and the Netherlands' Baldr.

For the record, Arte France Cinéma is supporting the next films by Alice Rohrwacher, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Bertrand Bonello, Miguel Gomes, Philippe Garrel, Abderrahmane Sissako, Lisandro Alonso, Jonas Trueba, André Téchiné, Alice Diop, Alexandros Avranas, Noémie Lvovsky, Sophie Letourneur, Justyna Tafel, Johanna Pyykkö, Diego Céspedes, Karim Moussaoui, Dinara Droukarova, Stephan Castang, Sofia Alaoui, Momoko Seto, Ramata-Toulaye Sy, and the duo Caroline Poggi - Jonathan Vinel.

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(Translated from French)

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