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Shooting of “The lucky star” in the Vosges with Poelvoorde, Lamy and Zylberstein

An exceptional cast for a tumultuous period in our past. This cinematic work, combining tragedy and humor, takes place during the dark period of the German occupation.

Two months of filming in the Vosges

Since the beginning of June, the team of the film The Lucky Star has taken up residence in the beautiful region of the Vosges for a period of two months. Under the direction of the talented actor Pascal Elbé, who is directing his fourth feature film here, scenes unfold with passion and dedication.

The story is set in 1940, during World War II. At this dark time, France is divided in two: a part in the north is under German occupation, while the south remains free.

A poignant story

Filming “The Lucky Star” with Benoît Poelvoorde

(France 3 Lorraine)

Benoît Poelvoorde plays Jean Chevalin, a cowardly man who deserted the army, plunging his family into poverty. His only aim is to reach the free zone for a better future. He then decides to pass himself off as a Jew, thinking it will bring him luck, but events do not unfold as expected, reality always catching up with illusions.

Between misunderstandings and revelations, the film oscillates between dramatic moments and comedic scenes, mixing anxiety in the face of German oppression and humor in lighter moments. Benoît Poelvoorde confesses: “If he is scared, I play the fear.” He thus adopts a straightforward approach to embody this scammer but not very smart character.

Combatting prejudices

Through this comedy, Pascal Elbé addresses the issue of stereotypes surrounding the Jewish community. The character played by Benoît Poelvoorde chooses to wear the yellow star to break down the preconceived ideas that Jews are privileged. A change in mindset emerges as Chevalin’s character’s misadventures unfold.

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The filming, which began in Plombières-les-Bains and Fontenoy-le-Château, will continue in other locations in the Vosges until July 26. These picturesque settings offer an authentic journey back in time. Pascal Elbé rejoices: “When filming a historical movie, the modernity of urban planning can be an obstacle. Here, we pass through villages frozen in time. We found everything we needed on site.” The Lucky Star is set to be released in theaters in 2025.

Information source: francetvinfo.fr

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