Magazine article Screen International

FIRST IMAGE: Suite Française

Magazine article Screen International

FIRST IMAGE: Suite Française

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Matthias Schoenaerts and Michelle Williams give stern stares in the first look at the Second World War drama.

Principal photography has completed today on Suite Française, the $20m ([euro]15m) Second World War drama from TF1 DA, eOne, the Weinstein Comany and BBC Films.

This first image from the film, which shot in Brussels throughout June, July and August, shows US actress Michelle Williams and Rust & Bone actor Matthias Schoenaerts in the leading roles of Lucile Angellier and Bruno von Falk.

Set in 1940s France and based on the international best-selling work of Irène Némirovsky, Suite Française follows Lucile who awaits news from her husband - a prisoner of war - whilst leading a stifled existence with her domineering mother-in-law.

When Parisian refugees pour into their small town, soon followed by a regiment of German soldiers who take up residence in the villagers' homes, her life is turned upside down. In the Angellier home, Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno, the refined German officer who has been posted to live with them. But soon, a powerful love draws them together.

The story emerged from Némirovsky's journals, which her daughter finally found the courage to read 50 years after her mother's death in a concentration camp. …

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