(June 17, 2003 – Burbank, CA) - “Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles” will begin principal photography on August 4th, 2003 and will be shot for 21 weeks in Paris and in its outskirts, Brittany and Corsica. Noted filmmaker Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct and Audrey Tautou, who starred in Jeunet’s “Amélie,” is expected to lead the cast of the film, playing the role of Mathilde. Jeunet will once again work with his “Amélie” team of co-writer Guillaume Laurant, cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, production designer Aline Bonetto, costume designer Madeline Fontaine and editor Hervé Schneid. Based on Sebastien Japrisot’s World War I-era novel, “Un Long Dimanche de Fiançailles” is a French-language feature film that tells the story of Mathilde, a woman who searches relentlessly for the truth about the disappearance of her fiancé, believed to have been one of five soldiers court-martialed, then taken to the front line to become human targets for the German enemy. The book won France’s literary Prix Interallia in 1991 and became a bestseller in France and abroad. Jeunet most recently co-wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated “Amélie,” (which was honored as the European Film of the Year and earned him the European Director of the Year award). His previous credits include directing the film “Alien: Resurrection” and the shorts “Foutaises” and “Pas de Repos Pour Billy Brakko.” He also co-directed (with Marc Caro) the films “The City of Lost Children” and the César-winning “Delicatessen,” and the short “Le Bunker de la Dernière Rafale.” For her starring role in “Amélie,” Audrey Tautou earned a César nomination for Best Actress, BAFTA nomination for Best Performance in a Leading Role and a European Film Award nomination for Best Actress. She has also been awarded the Lumière Award for Best Actress.
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