The Camargue treats itself to the Cannes Film Festival with Animale, the film by Emma Benestan

The Camargue treats itself to the Cannes Film Festival with Animale, the film by Emma Benestan
The Camargue treats itself to the Cannes Film Festival with Animale, the film by Emma Benestan

Animale, Emma Benestan’s film shot in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, will be presented on May 22, at the end of Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival. The friendly manager Claude Chaballier plays the role of Leonard. He also owns land in Cailar (Gard) where he grazes some of his animals.

A Camargue fantasy western film, shot in Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, is presented at the close of the Cannes Film Festival’s Critical Week, Wednesday May 22. Animale, by Emma Benestan tells the story of Nejma, 22 years old. The young woman works in Léonard’s manade, the best in the Camargue region. The heroine trains for the raseteurs championship, a competition which involves challenging the bull in the arena. A fleeing bull frightens residents and men are found dead. Nejma then experiences strange and worrying symptoms.

A shoot in collaboration with the manadier Renaud Vinuesa

In the role of the friendly manager Léonard, Claude Chaballier. The latter owns some land in Cailar in real life, where he grazes some of his animals. The bulls are also the central characters of the film. This filming was carried out in collaboration with Cailaren manadier Renaud Vinuesa. He works with bulls and his show horses, but also with racing animals and thus enabled the complex filming of certain scenes where it was necessary to adapt the bious to the rasets and involve local raseteurs.

La Petite Camargue thus brought its knowledge to the cinema. La Croisette allows it to be a showcase of Camargue traditions.

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