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The first clapperboard will slam on 18 August for Les estivants (lit. “The Summer Holidaymakers”), the fourth feature-length fiction film to be helmed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, following It’s Easier for a Camel… (Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2003) and two movies selected at Cannes: Actresses (unveiled in Un Certain Regard in 2007) and A Castle in Italy (in competition in 2013). Once again playing the lead role in her film, the actress-director (winner of the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress for Like Crazy earlier this year – her fourth win after 1996, 1998 and 2014 – and nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress for Slack Bay) will this time be flanked by Pierre Arditi (César Award for Best Actor in 1994 for Smoking/No Smoking), Italy’s Valeria Golino (Best Actress Award at Venice in 1986 and 2015, nominated eight times since 1987 for the David di Donatello Award for Best Actress, cashing in on the prize once, in 2006), Noémie Lvovsky (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2013 for Camille Rewinds, and for Best Supporting Actress six times since 2002, including in 2015 for Summertime), Belgium’s Yolande Moreau (César Award for Best Actress in 2005 and 2009 for When the Sea Rises and Séraphine), Laurent Stocker (César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2008 for Hunting and Gathering; popular in titles such as Miss and the Doctors), Bruno Raffaelli (The French Minister) and Marisa Borini (the director’s mother, who has appeared in all of her daughter’s movies, earning her a nomination for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2014 for A Castle in Italy).

Penned by the director together with her regular writing partners Agnès de Sacy and Noémie Lvovsky, the setting for the story is an enormous, glitzy property on the Côte d'Azur, a place that seems untouched by time and tucked away from the world. Anna arrives with her daughter for a short holiday of just a few days. In the midst of her family, their friends and members of staff, Anna is forced to come to terms with her recent break-up as well as pursue the writing of her next film. Behind all the laughter, the tantrums and the secrets, their power relationships, fears and desires are all starting to seep through. Each of them plugs their ears, blocking out the noise of the world, and must find a way to get by and figure out the mysteries of their own existence.

Produced by Alexandra Henochsberg for Ad Vitam Production and Patrick Sobelman for Ex Nihilo, Les estivants will be co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Italy’s Bibi Film and a private investor. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+, France Télévisions and Rai, the film is also receiving support from the CNC’s advance on receipts and the La Banque Postale Image Sofica. The seven-week shoot, which will take place in the Var department and in Paris, will wrap on 6 October. The French distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam, while Films Distribution is in charge of the international sales.

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