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“It’s a bit cold though.” This Saturday, January 15, the temperature flirts with 4°C. The actors Jimmy Jean-Louis and Jalsen Santana, bundled up in their coats, make their way through the crush of the Vannes market. Their eyes sometimes stop on the displays, before clinging to the directives of Ronni Castillo. After taking shots on the Tarmac floor or at the Galerie des Bigotes in Vannes, they are now shooting a scene opposite the Pierre Michel fishmonger. A strategic choice on the part of the Dominican director: “I absolutely wanted us to see this marvelous and colorful place in my next film, ‘Goodbye’. »

The actor Jalsen Santana, during one of the scenes of the film “Goodbye”. (West Cinema Company)

“Estamos gravando! ” (” We turn ! “)

“Dale! (“Go ahead”, in Spanish). The state-of-the-art “Alexa” camera starts spinning in front of a curious queue. Dan, a 70-year-old from Vannes, never imagined becoming an extra when he came to buy his fish this morning. “It reminds me of my youth! I shot when I was 17, in Corsica, in feature films. It’s still an incredible world that cinema! “.

The sixteen people who make up the film crew are busy. A New York assistant cameraman, another Brazilian, a Franco-Argentinian sound engineer… Spanish, Portuguese, much less French, resonate on the market square that has become a film set. “We are a multicultural team, that’s what makes us strong! “says Ronni Castillo, between takes.

The family atmosphere proves him right. “We are friends and professional friends,” smiles Jalsen Santana, Dominican actor, pulling up his turtleneck.

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The actors stroll among the stalls of the Vannes market. (West Cinema Company)

Discovering Vannes and its surroundings

“There is no need for decorations here, everything is already there”, marvels Ronni Castillo. In 2018, his wife, originally from Saint-Nolff, introduced him to the Cité des Vénètes. It’s love at first sight. “I immediately knew that I would shoot a film there. A decor that lends itself perfectly to the scenario imagined by the professional. “One of the main characters has just lost his wife in the Dominican Republic. But her cell phone continues to receive messages from a man. A Vannetais who seems to have been his wife’s lover. He then decides to go there to meet the stranger”, he summarizes between two takes.

“The idea is to be able to discover Vannes and its surroundings through this film”. Until January 21, the winding streets, the tip of the Bill, or even the passage of Berder Island will therefore be immortalized. “We would have liked to shoot on Berder Island too, but the Giboire group refused our request”, regrets the professional.

“It’s a change from Los Angeles! »

Exhibitors are starting to pack up their displays, while the queue for the fishmonger’s is shrinking. “It’s in the box, we’re going in”, launches the director to his team. But no question for Jimmy Jean-Louis to leave immediately. Despite the biting cold, the Haitian actor residing in the United States, takes a liking to getting lost in the alleys, joking with passers-by before rushing into the Délice café for a hot chocolate. “It’s a change from Los Angeles! “. Soon on France 2 in the series “Criminal Tropics” or alongside Ryan Gosling in “The gray man”, the actor hopes that the film by Ronni Castillo, whose release is scheduled for the end of 2022, will have an international outlet. “It’s not always easy, but we believe in it! “.

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