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Synopsis

LE PETIT NUAGE / 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE

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LE PETIT NUAGE (The Little Cloud), the first black-and-white silent film in the feature film anthology entitled 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE, is an enchanting tale of a love affair sparked during a chance meeting at a café in Paris. One glance and a flicker of attraction transforms into wistful love and a delightful journey through the City of Light.

Production

Director Renee George found her inspiration for LE PETIT NUAGE while lighting the set of THE ARTIST, the Oscar-winning black-and-white silent film. The warm story, historic sets, costumes and stellar performances reignited Renee’s passion for directing. LE PETIT NUAGE is her cinematic response, an homage to early black and white cinema. The French had come to America to make a film about love in Hollywood. As an American she traveled to France and made a film about love in Paris. The decision to shoot LE PETIT NUAGE after the Cannes Film Festival was made after encouragement from a friend. Renée had just witnessed THE ARTIST’s metamorphosis from out-of-competition to in-competition at the festival, and the twenty-minute standing ovation following the red-carpet screening at the Palais. This level of excitement and celebration of silent film led Renée to extend her stay, secure a cast and crew in one week and complete the filming in Paris over three days. Still in Cannes, Renee phoned Isabel Ribis, the French script supervisor from THE ARTIST who had become a close friend, asking for recommendations for a Director of Photography. Within twenty minutes Stella Libert was seated at her table agreeing to shoot the film and securing additional French crew. Renee then met with Sarah Demeestère, whom she originally met in Los Angeles as part of a French conversational meetup group, and Sarah agreed to act in the film. After seeing Joffrey Platel’s headshot on Facebook, Renée met with him in Paris and he agreed to play the male lead, inviting her to a theatre performance two days later. Onstage at the theatre was Sébastien Pierre, perfect for the role of the waiter. The final role for the canine actor was cast at the soirée following the theatre play, where one of Joffrey’s friends walked up with a little dog in her arms. 2


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The music for LE PETIT NUAGE was co-composed by Renée George and Robert Casal, film composer, conductor and orchestrator. Renée sang melody ideas and together they created the original score, a method that has been compared to Charlie Chaplin’s style of composition. In a twist of fate, after shooting LE PETIT NUAGE in Paris, Renée had a chance meeting with GAUTIER CAPUÇON, celebrated French cellist and concert soloist. She spotted him in the Charles DeGaulle airport waiting to board the same flight to Los Angeles. She hurriedly scribbled a note in French to ask him if he would consider playing on the LE PETIT NUAGE soundtrack. Miraculously, he said yes, and they agreed to correspond once the editing was completed to confirm his interest. Once the film was cut, she sent a link to Gautier who sent back an email with a one-word subject line: BRAVO. Renée and Robert then recorded Gautier with the Argentinean bandoneonist Emmanuel Trifilio in Washington D.C. before one of Gautier’s four performances that week at the Kennedy Center. LE PETIT NUAGE is first in the feature film anthology of 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE. Each short will be filmed in a different country and tell a different story of love, The second film in the series LAGO DI SETA (Silk Lake) wrapped principal photography in May 2012.

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LE PETIT NUAGE / 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE

Director Renée George

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Her film LE PETIT NUAGE screened in selection at the 2012 Maui Film Festival, World Competition at the Montreal World Film Festival, and at the Pordenone Silent Film Festival, the largest silent film festival in the world. She wrapped LAGO DI SETA (Silk Lake), now in post, and the second film in the 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE feature film series. Her first short NOWHEREVILLE, won awards at the Photo: Michael Kovac

Aspen Short Film Festival and New York Short Film Expo, and was in official selection at the Suffolk County Film Festival. She worked on the set of THE ARTIST in the lighting department as a Best Boy under Gaffer Jim Plannette (Ocean’s Eleven, E.T., Young Frankenstein). In addition to 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE, Renée’s feature film projects include PERSISTENCE OF VISION, an original screenplay about Nikola Tesla and the birth of the film industry, and UNE VIE EN IMAGES, a french-language biopic about the life of a French cellist to star Gautier Capuçon. Renée is also an executive producer on INFLUENCE an international thriller about the Pan Am 103 Lockerbie disaster. Her musical background includes tours of the U.S. and Canada and four albums recorded as a member of the all-girl band TETES NOIRES. These talents are highlighted in the original score of LE PETIT NUAGE, which she co-composed with conductor and orchestrator Robert Casal. Renée holds a BFA in Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and she attended the prestigious graduate film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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Joffrey Platel

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Joffrey Platel, Actor Joffrey began acting at the tender age of seven. He studied acting first in school with an improvisational theatre group, then later with the actor’s studio Laboratoire de l’Acteur under Helene Cheruy. Joffrey worked with the theatre troupe Atelier Pierre Palmade at the Theatre de la Gaite Monparnasse before beginning his career in cinema. He has appeared in several films including PARIS by Cedric Klapisch and SECRET DEFENSE by Philippe Haim, commercials, television shows and

Sarah Demeestère

TV movies including TOUISSANT L’OUVERTURE.

Sarah Demeestère, Actor Sarah studied film at the Sorbonne in Paris then came to Los Angeles to explore the journey of acting. She starred in three short films including DuElle, which she also directed and produced. She’s now writing her first feature film.

Sébastien Pierre

Sébastien Pierre, Actor Sébastien began to study acting at the Cours Florent School after receiving a law degree from the Academy of Poitiers. His extensive theatre experience includes performances in CELUI QUI A DIT NON, LES COURTES, AGATHA, THE MISANTHROPE, and UN ARABE DANS LA LUNE, SANS ELLES, LE JEU DE LA VERITE, MES CHERS AMIS, AMOUR ET CHIPOLATAS and UN CONSEIL TRES MUNICIPALE..

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Music

LE PETIT NUAGE / 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE

Robert Casal

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Co-Composer with Renee George

Robert Casal is a film composer, conductor and orchestrator. Robert moved to Los Angeles after completing graduate studies at New York University. He has contributed original music to four features and three shorts, including OLIVE, starring two-time Academy Award nominee Gena Rowlands, and LE PETIT NUAGE. He is currently scoring another feature film and co-composing the music for LAGO DI SETA.

Gautier Capuçon

Cellist, Virgin/EMI Classics Recording Artist

Gautier began playing at the age of four. His formal music education began at Ecole Nationale de Musique de Chambery where he graduated with prizes in cello and piano. In Paris, he studied at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris and the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris (CNSMP). He has played in the European Union Youth Orchestra under conductors Bernard Haitink, Pierre Boulez, and Claudio Abbado. He now enjoys a flourishing concert career, in demand internationally as a soloist, playing with the world's leading conductors and orchestras. He plans to play on all of the soundtracks for the different films in the 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE series.

Henry Gronnier

Violinist

A violin teacher at the USC Thornton School of Music and a founding member and first violinist of the Rossetti String Quartet, Henry studied at the Conservatoire in Saint-Quentin and at the Conservatoire National de Region de Versailles, then with Michele Auclair and Zino Francescatti. Both a chamber musician and concert performer, he has played London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie’s Weill Hall in New York City and for an array of music festivals around the world. 6


Cast

L‘homme Aimée Le Garçon Le Chien

Crew

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Joffrey Platel Sarah Demeestère Sébastien Pierre Spiky

WRITER-PRODUCER-DIRECTOR Renée George CINEMATOGRAPHY Stella Libert FILM EDITING Renée George Travis Smith-Evans PRODUCTION DESIGN Étienne Huguenot COSTUME DESIGN Étienne Huguenot Yumiko Oka

Filmography

DIRECTOR Like a Sakura 2013 Lago di Seta 2012 Le Petit Nuage 2012 Nowhereville 1992

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MAKEUP AND HAIR Yumiko Oka VISUAL EFFECTS Adam Kowalski DIGITAL FINISHING Florian Stadler Stephen Latty CAMERA AND ELECTRICAL Marc Anfossi - First Assistant Camera Renaud Bertrand - Gaffer Adrien L’Hommede - Best Boy Bruno Martin - Key Grip OTHER CREW Lily Fleur… Animal Trainer Caroline Jauer.... Production Coordinator

LIGHTING PROFESSIONAL (select list) Behind the Candelabra 2012 The Artist 2011 Lincoln Lawyer 2011 Drag Me to Hell 2009 Indiana Jone and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 Charlie Wilson’s War 2007 King of California 2007 Dreamgirls 2006 Collateral 2004 The Birdcage 1996 Batman Forever 1995 Addams Family Values 1993

Festivals

LE PETIT NUAGE MONTREAL WORLD FILM FESTIVAL, Montréal, Canada, MAUI FILM FESTIVAL, Maui, Hawaii, LASHORTSFEST, Los Angeles, California. NOWHEREVILLE ASPEN SHORTSFEST, Aspen, Colorado; NEW YORK SHORT FILM EXPO, New York City; SUFFOLK COUNTY FILM FESTIVAL, Long Island, NY 7


Links

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FILM WEBSITE www.02films.com/lepetitnuage FACEBOOK

www.facebook.com/7ShortFilmsAboutLove

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Contacts

http://7shortfilms.tumblr.com/rss

PUBLICIST Arron Neal arPR Los Angeles T: 213-568-3334 F: 323-386-4094 arron@arprla.com

WRITER-DIRECTOR-PRODUCER Renée George (Production) 02 Films T: + 424.240.9098 renee@02films.com skype: reneekgeorge

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LE PETIT NUAGE Press kit  

LE PETIT NUAGE Press Kit. First in the omnibus feature film series of 7 SHORT FILMS ABOUT LOVE Directed by Renée George

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