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Leipzig love: Claire Burger Finds Lilith Grasmug for “Langue étrangère”

Leipzig love: Claire Burger Finds Lilith Grasmug for “Langue étrangère”

While le film français folks believe they have exclusive news on Nina Hoss and Chiara Mastroianni being cast in Claire Burger anticipated third feature (we reported on them being cast back in September), the actual big news is that Lilith Grasmug of Bloody Oranges (read review), The Passengers of the Night and Foudre (read review) fame (along with the upcoming La Morsure) will topline the project revolving around two adolescents Fanny and Léna. Unknown Josefa Heinsius will be her screen partner. The dramatic comedy is finally moving into production this month via the Les films de Pierre’s Marie-Ange Luciani. This lines up Langue étrangère for a Berlinale or Cannes premiere next year. Burger gave us award-winning (co-directed) Party Girl in 2014 and C’est ça l’amour in 2018 – we interviewed the filmmaker in Marrakech.

This centres around 15-year-old Fanny (Lilith Grasmug) who leaves her French home in Strasbourg for the very first time to spend a month in Leipzig.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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