French directorJacques Malaterre is in Sofia rehearsing the UGC YMhigh budget epic fictionAo: The Last Neanderthal based on Marc Klapczynski's book Aô, Ancient Man.
The film, which retraces the imaginary journey of a Neanderthalnomad(Ao) across Europe and his meeting with a Homo sapiens girl (Aki), is filming in Bulgaria, France and the Ukraine.
Shooting began on January 21 in the Ukraine and will end on July 30 in France. Exterior locations are being filmed near Sofia. Malaterre is in his second rehearsal week with his Bulgarian cast, which included actress Vessela Kazakova (Prima Primavera).
The executive producer is the Sofia based Patrick Sandrin of Sofilm (www.sofilm.net), working with producer Yves Marmion of UGC YM (www.ugc.fr). Sandrin was the key person for the Bulgarian/Ukrainian connection for the film, which is employing over 120 local cast and crew members.
Script: Jacques Malaterre, Michel Fessler, Philippe Isard, based on Marc Klapczynski's book Aô, Ancient Man
Director: Jacques Malaterre
Director of Photography: Sabine Lancelin
Art director: Christian Marti
Costumes: Jean Daniel Vuillermoz
Sound: Jean luc Verdier
Producer: Yves Marmion for UGC YM
AO: Simon Sutton
AKI: Aruna Shields
Aguik: Helmi Dridi
Ounak: Vessela Kazakova
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