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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, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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