My Revolution: arthouse comedy meets the Arab Spring
by Fabien Lemercier
- Samuel Vincent, Anamaria Vartolomei, Samir Guesmi and Lubna Azabal star in Ramzi Ben Sliman’s feature debut, which is currently being shot and is being sold by Memento
Since 27 October, Ramzi Ben Sliman has been shooting his feature debut, entitled My Revolution [+see also:
film profile]. An arthouse comedy set against the backdrop of a very recent historical event – namely the Arab Spring and the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia – according to Cineuropa’s sources, the film’s cast includes Samuel Vincent, Anamaria Vartolomei (nominated for the Lumière Award for Most Promising Young Actress in 2012 for My Little Princess [+see also:
film profile]), Samir Guesmi (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for Camille Rewinds [+see also:
film profile]), Lubna Azabal (who won a raft of awards for Incendies [+see also:
film profile], popular recently in such titles as Goodbye Morocco [+see also:
film profile] and La marche [+see also:
interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
film profile]) and Ahmed Benaïssa.
Written by the director (who also wrote the dialogue and the adaptation on his own) together with Thomas Cailley (a director who made a huge splash this year with his feature debut Love at First Fight [+see also:
interview: Thomas Cailley
film profile]) and Nathalie Saugeon, the story revolves around 14-year-old Marwann, a teenager who is being totally ignored by Sygrid, whom he is head-over-heels in love with. Everything changes when the Arab Spring arrives and he reluctantly becomes the standard-bearer for the Jasmine Revolution. Clutching the very reins of history, Marwann lies, enjoys himself and exploits his charms until all his manipulation turns his parents’ feelings of belonging totally on their heads. While trapped in this downward spiral of lies, he explores love and his complex identity.
With production outsourced to Jérôme Dopffer for Les Productions Balthazar and Sébastien Haguenauer for 10:15 Productions!, My Revolution has a budget of €3.6 million, including a co-production by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the film is also backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Ile-de-France region, and the Cofinova and Soficinéma Soficas. The eight-week shoot will take place in Paris and Tunis, with Dominique Colin serving as DoP. Distribution in France will be handled by Memento Films.
(Translated from French)
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