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Winter Girl: Chiara Mastroianni & Nina Hoss Get Schooled in Claire Burger’s “Langue étrangère”

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Winter Girl: Chiara Mastroianni & Nina Hoss Get Schooled in Claire Burger’s “Langue étrangère”

Party Girl (2014) and C’est ça l’amour (2018) filmmaker Claire Burger has been slowly mounting her next feature a Franco-German portrait of youth and we’ve just learned that she has landed the likes of veteran thesps Chiara Mastroianni and Nina Hoss for what would be the supporting cast periphery. Both actresses are back from the Venice Film Festival respectively for parts in Other People’s Children and Tár.

Set for a production start date in March, Burger’s Langue étrangère will focus on a pair of youths in their late teens – the project is currently in casting mode for these two principle players. This centres around 15-year-old Fanny who leaves her French home in Strasbourg for the very first time to spend a month in Leipzig.

Les Films de Pierre (releasing Vazaha and Anatomie d’une chute next year) and Razor Film Produktion (One Fine Morning) are producing. Burger’s debut film (she co-directed) won the Camera d’Or and her last feature was the selected (and was the winner) at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori sidebar. We had met the director shortly after in Marrakech for our sit down.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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