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Peter Rommel, Elsa Pharaon, Antoinette Boulat, Clotilde Courau, First European Casting Director Award
Peter Rommel, Elsa Pharaon, Antoinette Boulat, Clotilde Courau, First European Casting Director Award

Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon (France) are winners of the first European Casting Director Award for STANDING TALL (LA TÊTE HAUTE) by Emmanuelle Bercot. The awards were presented at the 2016 Locarno Film Festival.

The Jury composed of Swiss director Ursula Meier, German producer Peter Rommel (Rommel Film e.K.) and French actress Clotilde Courau awarded Antoinette Boulat & Elsa Pharaon for STANDING TALL (LA TÊTE HAUTE) by Emmanuelle Bercot.

Clotilde Courau: “The right casting is 50 percent of a good film. Bravo to the Casting Directors of STANDING TALL (LA TÊTE HAUTE) who have found the incredible young boy Rod Paradot”.

STANDING TALL (LA TÊTE HAUTE) stars Catherine Deneuve, Rod Paradot, Benoît Magimel, Sara Forestier, Diane Rouxel, and Elisabeth Mazev.

Standing Tall is a poignant and optimistic social drama by the eclectic director-actress Emmanuelle Bercot starring Catherine Deneuve, Benoît Magimel (César for Best Supporting Actor) and Rod Paradot (César for Most Promising Actor).

Since the age of six, Malony (Rod Paradot) has constantly been in and out of juvenile court as his young single mother (Sara Forestier) struggles to raise him. An adoptive family grows around this young delinquent: Florence (Catherine Deneuve), a juvenile judge, and Yann (Benoît Magimel), a caseworker and himself the survivor of a very difficult childhood. Together they follow the boy’s journey and try unfailingly to save him.

Now sixteen years old, Malony is sent to a stricter educational center where he meets Tess (Diane Rouxel), a young girl who will show him that there are reasons for hope. Will that be enough to save him? SFFF

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