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TORONTO — French director Laurent Cantet‘s first English-language feature Foxfire, an adaptation of a Joyce Carole Oates novel, is shooting in Ontario.
The $10 million Canada-French co-production portrays a group of humiliated 1950s high school girls in upper-state New York that form a secret society, Foxfire, to wage a campaign of retaliation and justice in a male-dominated culture.
The follow-up to Cantet’s Oscar-nominated and 2008 Palme d’Or winner The Class started shooting in Sault Ste. Marie in northern Ontario and will continue location shooting round the province through September 17.
As with The Class, Cantet is working with young actors making their professional debuts.
The cast’s names are not being released by the co-producers, The Film Farm and Haut & Court.
Canadian distributor Alliance Films has acquired the local rights to Foxfire from Memento Films International, with Britain’s Artificial Eye taking the U.K. rights.
Pierre Milon is the director of photography on Cantet’s English language debut, and Frankie Diago is the production designer of the period drama.
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