As we left for Paris last month we noticed big coaches and pantechnicons parked outside the médiatheque and across the road at the cemetery in Preuilly. Clearly some filming was in progress. We snapped some photos as we drove by, but it was only on reading the newspaper that we found out what it was all about.
To quote (in translation) the article:
On 3 February an unusual buzz animated the town of Preuilly. Some big trucks were parked opposite the mediatheque. The reason for these strange sights? Sylvain Desclous was shooting a scene from his film Vendeur ('Salesman').
This screenwriter has already made 6 short films. Vendeur is his first feature film. The theme of the film showcases salesmanship as a trade but it is mainly a pretext for the evocation of the father-son relationship, of affection and conflict, separation and reunion.
The film was shot in Marseille, Paris and several municipalities in the northern Touraine, but Sylvain Desclous was particularly keen to shoot some of the important scenes in Preuilly-sur-Claise. As a child he spent his summer holidays in the village, at his grandparent's place in the Faubourg Saint Nicolas, and where some of the family still reside.
Preuilly contributed to the logistics. A dozen locals were recruited from the local populace. They were able to share for an afternoon the cinematic artistic sentiments.