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In Utero: Hafsia Herzi Toplines Iris Kaltenbäck’s “Le Ravissement”

In Utero: Hafsia Herzi Toplines Iris Kaltenbäck’s “Le Ravissement”

To be seen next year in Mektoub, My Love: Canto Due and Stéphane Demoustier’s Ibiza, the always busy Hafsia Herzi leads a quartet of players in a new directorial debut that might be worth keeping tabs on. A short filmmaker and La Fémis grad, Iris Kaltenbäck will have Herzi, Alexis Manenti, Nina Meurisse and Younès Boucif to work with on Le Ravissement. Cineuropa reports that production began this week and will move into mid November. Marianne Productions’ Alice Bloch (The Heroics) and MACT Productions’ Thierry de Clermont-Tonnerre (yes part of the filmmaker family) are producing. Marine Atlan (Summer Scars – read review) is the cinematographer.

This centers on Lydia, a young 30-something with a brilliant career as a midwife. But her love life is a disaster. Just as she tries to recover from a painful breakup, her best friend Salomé announces she is pregnant and asks her to be her midwife. When Lydia re-crosses paths with Milos, a lover from a one-night stand, she is holding Salomé’s baby in her arms, and declares the child to be theirs. Although initially disbelieving, Milos embraces fatherhood, and Lydia locks herself in her lie, even as she risks losing everything…

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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