Benjamin Lavernhe as Abbé Pierre in the first images of his biopic

SND Group M6 Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

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Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

CINEMA – 15 years after his death, a tribute to Abbé Pierre is being prepared for the cinema. Frédéric Tellier, on the origin of The case of SK1, Save or die or Goliathtakes the reins of this new biopic, the first images of which were released on Monday, August 1.

To embody the man, Benjamin Lavernhe of the Comédie Française (The feeling of celebration, The speech) chosen by the filmmaker. We discovered that he is almost unrecognizable, bearded and close to the photos.

For this biopic, baptized simply and temporarily Abbot’s Stonethe actor will lead the entire mature life of the priest until his death in January 2007, at the age of 94. So we will observe his metamorphosis throughout the film, marked by make-up and prostheses.

Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.
SND Group M6 Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

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Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.
SND Group M6 Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

SND Group M6

Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

“This is my most important experience in cinema so far, whether it’s about the preparation, the number of days of filming or the variety of emotions and stages to play. “, trusted the actor in an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD). ” Abbé Pierre is a very famous French figure, the embodiment of humanism, almost a saint. Finally, it gives wings “, he added.

“A complex and ultra-sensitive creature”

The film, with a budget of 15 million euros, will reveal, among other things, the youth and many struggles of the person who founded the Emmaus movement in 1985. read in the production notes.

“What interests me is to find the person behind the humor that we know”, explained Frédéric Tellier of JDD. ” He is a very complex and ultra-sensitive being, in the pathological sense, with epidermal reactions. He also did not stop doubting till the end,” he added.

On the side of the casting, beside Benjamin Lavernhe, we will also find Emmanuelle Bercot in the role of Lucie Coutaz, the woman who hid him during the war, and helped him in all his commitments.

Without him, who stepped on the ground, Emmaus would not have survived,” explained Laurent Desmard, former general delegate of Emmaüs. ” The abbot went in all directions because everyone was interested in him. He is inclined to spend lavishly, he reframes him firmly. His colleagues nicknamed him “Lulu the terror” or “the control tower”! », he added.

Michel Vuillermoz of the Comédie Française plays Georges Legay, the very first member of Emmaüs. An ex-convict and suicidal, he decided to follow Abbé Pierre in 1949. “You who have nothing to lose, you can help me help others”, he convinced him.

Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.
SND Group M6 Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

SND Group M6

Benjamin Lavernhe in the role of Abbé Pierre, in the biopic of the founder of the Emaüs movement directed by Frédéric Tellier.

Abbé Pierre, whose real name was Henri Grouès, was born into a bourgeois family. He is at the same time resistance, deputy, defender of the homeless, revolutionary and iconoclast. ” From the benches of the National Assembly to the slums of the Paris suburbs, his commitment to the most vulnerable has earned him international fame. But every day he doubts his action », says the synopsis.

In his lifetime, he already has the rights to a film, winter 54 (1989), by Denis Amar, with Lambert Wilson in the role of the abbot. This new biopic should see the light of day in the first half of 2023. However, no specific date has been revealed for now.

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