The true story of the farmer who inspired the film Les Folies Fermières

In theaters this Wednesday, the comedy by Jean-Pierre Améris tells the true story of a peasant from the Tarn ready to do anything to save his farm. Until setting up a cabaret on his farm.

“David, a young farmer, has just had an idea: to save his farm from bankruptcy, he is going to set up a cabaret on the farm”announces the synopsis of The Farm Folies in theaters Wednesday, May 11. A film directly inspired by the life of David Caumette, discovered by director Jean-Pierre Améris in 2018, when a report devoted to the farmer was broadcast on regional news. “His story resonated in me like an evidence.reveals the director to AlloCine .

In an interview given to Huffington Post , David Caumette tells how he created the Folies Fermières cabaret. When he leaves his position as operations manager in an agricultural college to take over the family farm on the verge of bankruptcy, he is accused of being enlightened. Garrigues, his Tarn town of 271 inhabitants (in 2019) has seen its number of farmers plummet. Breeding no longer pays.

Alban Ivanov in the boots of David Caumette

He then decides to sell his meat directly on the farm, then he joins forces with other farmers to create a producer’s shop and the farm begins to go up the slope. But in 2015, the government allowed supermarkets to open on Sundays. “It was deadly. In six months, we lost 30% of the turnover., confides the Tarn farmer to the Huffington Post. With his wife, Laetitia, David then opened a farm-inn where producers served their products. The idea of ​​the cabaret soon emerged from a desire to offer a real show to the restaurant’s customers. The establishment was a huge success and the crowds helped to revitalize the town.

To embody the beautiful story of David Caumette on screen, Jean-Pierre Améris, director of Anonymous emotions and D’A family for rentchose Alban Ivanov, currently on the bill of imaginary doctor and of The winners. At his side, Sabrina Ouazani interprets a cabaret dancer, ready to follow David in this adventure, as crazy as it is rewarding for David Caumette and all the inhabitants of this cheerful corner of Lauragais.


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