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Cedric Kahn, whose latest film “The Prayer” is competing at the Berlin Film Festival, is re-teaming with producer Sylvie Pialat on his next outing, “Joyeux Anniversaire,” which will bring together Catherine Deneuve, Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Macaigne.
A drama laced with biting comedy, “Joyeux Anniversaire” charts a family reunion which takes an unexpected turn. Unfolding over 24 hours, the movie stars Deneuve as a mother of two who gathers her loved ones to celebrate her birthday in her big house near the Loire Valley. The festivities are disrupted by the arrival of her daughter (Bercot), who is known for her unpredictable outbursts.
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Kahn, who is also a well-known French actor but has never starred in his own films, will topline as one of Deneuve’s children. Bercot herself previously directed Deneuve in “On My Way” and “Standing Tall,” which opened the Cannes Film Festival in 2015.
Pialat, who is producing via her Paris-based banner Les Films du Worso, said the film’s humor will be driven by the sharp dialogue. “The script is very strong,” she said. “It’s Cedric Kahn’s most personal film and that’s why he stars in it.”
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Pialat, whose credits include “Stranger by the Lake” and “Timbuktu,” said she was eager to continue working with Kahn after “The Prayer,” one of two French films in competition at the Berlinale. Pialat described “The Prayer” as a film that “resonates today because it talks about a young man in despair who conquers his addictions thanks to solidarity and spirituality.”
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