M6 will air “Dragon Boat” in the coming months, a touching entity directed by Stephanie Pilonca, starring Julie de Bona, Julie Gayet, Berenguere Criffe, Lola Deware or Firmin Richard. Allociné visited the set near Reims.
A few kilometers from Reims station, on the calm waters of the canal connecting the Aisne with the Marne, a strange boat with the head of a dragon sails. Inside, Julie de Bona (Plan B), Julie Gayet (a perfect mother), Lola Devere (Astrid and Raphael), Berenguere Criff (adopt a widower), Firmin Richard (Eight Women), Annie Gregorio (T’Amy Learning , plus Belle La Vie) and Laurence Pierre (Le Code), the heroines of Dragon Boat, the M6’s next unit.
They all include dragon ladies, women suffering from breast cancer or women struggling to fight the disease and rebuild themselves morally and physically.
Written by Clement Koch (Who’s the Strongest?), who received the Sopadin Grand Prix for Best Screenwriter in 2016, and directed by Stephanie Pilonka (Handigang), Dragon Boat is therefore inspired by a true story and inspired by one of the women of Reims. Follows the group. Practicing this little-known discipline.
Riding aboard a strange boat, they paddle every week to prevent recurrence and to dispel the fear that lives inside them. Together, they will live an extraordinary human adventure and an extraordinary challenge between faith, altruism and self-transcendence. Together they are strong. Together, they move on.
Allociné had the chance to visit the set of this TV movie to discuss this incredible story with the director, producer and actresses.
Stephanie Pilonca as Conductor
If Dragon Boat was originally thought up for cinema, it is finally on the M6 that this story will see the light of day. And later learn to love yourself And I’ll go to the end of my dreams, it’s Stephanie Pilonca who was tasked with the heavy task of getting behind the camera for the M6 to tackle this subject.
An obvious choice from the makers of a TV movie to be seduced by their work.
It must be said that Stephanie Pilonca is a director who appears sensitive, poetic, intimate and committed to the themes she addresses in her works. Always accurate, his films aim to sensitize the masses as much as awaken the conscience and make him a committed director in his art and on set.
Furthermore, their commitment is also found on set, where each team member wears a pink ribbon, a global symbol of the fight against breast cancer.
Obviously, the actresses were immediately won over by the script, but the presence of Stephanie Pilonka is also one of the reasons that inspired her choice to get involved in the project. Indeed, Julie Gayet, Julie de Bona and all their comrades agree that the director is humane, generous, attentive and knows how to make unions.
“sTiffany is a director I love. It was a great meeting. She only does films that are true. She invests people with a mission, a love and a passion for the subject. We are so in character that all he has to do is film us. This is quite rare on TV.“, Julie de Bona told us.
And Laurence Pierre concluded, “It is impossible not to follow him. And then this generosity, I think it is he who is the driver of all that. We want to give our best because she gives her best. She encourages everyone to do so with kindness and positive energy.”,
An energy, a sense of brotherhood and an alchemy that emanated from everyone and which we were able to fully feel when we were on the sets.
And in the end, that’s what it’s about. Of course, the film deals with disease, but above all it traces a collective, humane and united adventure.
When we met, the film’s producer Martín de Clermont-Tonnere said, “They always say to me, “my mom”, “my wife”, “my sister”. When I spoke to the Dragon Boat team, I realized that someone in their family is also suffering from this disease. It motivates women to test themselves so that it can be taken on time. I lost two friends like this and that’s why I wanted to make this film,
The word was unfortunately confirmed by Firmine Richard, actress but also an active member of the Women’s Foundation along with Julie Guyett. ,I immediately said yes because it is a subject that affects me personally. I have many friends who have been touched by breast cancer. For me, it’s almost normal that I’m on this adventure.”
If all the actresses have joined Dragon Boat directed by “Heart” to discuss a topic that is still very taboo in their eyes, then this is a way for them to increase their commitment to the women’s space. . There’s no doubt that the film even for Julie Gayat”will organize women,
After all, what do they hope for? prevent while giving “Hope from the People” [pour] Tell them we can get out of this.“. However, Julie de Bona assures him, despite the seriousness of the subject, there will be a dragon boat”One Very positive and very sunny film on illness”,
real dragon ladies on set
To bring more authenticity to the project, Stephanie Pilonka and her teams have decided to include the Three Dragon Ladies in the TV movie. Initially a technical consultant, Claire Fiaschi, president of the association with them for her, thus became an actress, an experience she described as “don’t forget,
On our microphone, he clarified that he “Women who knew how to sail a boat were needed. We couldn’t leave the actresses alone when they were never on a dragon boat.,
Through this film, Claire Fiaschi hopes that people will discover the discipline of the Dragon Boat. ,People have to understand that this is not competition. Above all, it is learning how to reclaim your body and mind. in some order. Then add with the verb, “In any case, cancer is not an end in itself. You can do a lot even when you are sick. life goes on,
The bets of emotion, generosity and benevolence on the sets have already been successful as we await the airing.
Scheduled on the M6 in the coming months, Dragon Boat may be released in October for “Pink October,” awareness month for fundraising for breast cancer screening and research. In any case, this is the desire of the manufacturers.