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Mikhaël Hers is shooting Les passagers de la nuit

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- Charlotte Gainsbourg, Noée Abita, Quito Rayon-Richter and Emmanuelle Béart star in the cast of this Nord-Ouest Films production

Mikhaël Hers is shooting Les passagers de la nuit
Actresses Charlotte Gainsbourg, Noée Abita and Emmanuelle Béart

Monday 1 February saw the first clapperboard slam on Les passagers de la nuit, Mikhaël Hers’ 4th feature film after Memory Lane [+see also:
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(which screened in Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present section in 2010), This Summer Feeling [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
film profile
]
(gracing Rotterdam’s Big Screen Award competition in 2016) and Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
film profile
]
(appearing in Venice’s Orizzonti line-up in 2018, nominated for the Best Film and Best Actor trophies at the 2019 Lumières Awards, and for the Best Actor and Best Music Césars that very same year).

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The cast assembled by the director comprises Charlotte Gainsbourg (recently seen in My Stupid Dog [+see also:
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and in the mid-length film Lux Aeterna, and currently gracing the Rotterdam showcase in Suzanna Andler [+see also:
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), Noée Abita (much remarked in Ava, at her best in Sink or Swim and the winner of the 2021 Lumières’ Revelation award for Slalom [+see also:
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interview: Charlène Favier
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]
), Quito Rayon-Richter (who we’ll soon be discovering in Le cœur noir des forêts) and Emmanuelle Béart (recently enjoyed in Wonders in the Suburbs [+see also:
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and touring cinemas this year in Margaux Hartmann [+see also:
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interview: Ludovic Bergery
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]
).

Written by the director together with Maud Ameline (nominated for the 2013 Best Original Screenplay César courtesy of Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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and the 2018 Lumières award in the same category for Until the Birds Return [+see also:
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interview: Karim Moussaoui
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), the story unfolds in 1980s Paris. Left by her husband, Elisabeth finds herself alone, responsible for the day-to-day care of her two teenage children. She picks up a job on a night-time radio show, where she meets Talulah, a listless youngster living on the margins whom she promptly decides to take under her wing. The four of them get to know one another and try to find their own path, perhaps heralding a new beginning…

Produced by Pierre Guyard on behalf of Nord-Ouest Films (who previously partnered with the director on Amanda and This Summer Feeling), Les passagers de la nuit is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The feature film also enjoys the support of the Normandy region, as well as the SOFICA companies Cinémage, Cofimage, Cinéventure, La Banque Postale Image, SG Image, Cinecap and Palatine Etoile. Filming will unfold in Paris and Caen until 24 March, with Sébastien Buchmann (Alice and the Mayor [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Pariser
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]
) helming photography. The title’s release in French cinemas will be steered by Pyramide Distribution.

For the record, Nord-Ouest Films are currently steering post-production on Another World by Stéphane Brizé, Mi iubita mon amour [+see also:
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by Noémie Merlant, Délicieux by Éric Besnard and Suprêmes by Audrey Estrougo.

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(Translated from French)

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