Salima Glamine and Dimitri Linder wrap the shoot for their feature debut, For a Happy Life
by Aurore Engelen
- Principal photography will be completed on 1 November for the Belgian-Luxembourgian co-production, which stars Sofia Lesaffre and Pascal Elbé
1 November will mark the end of the shoot for the feature debut by Salima Glamine and Dimitri Linder, For a Happy Life, starring Sofia Lesaffre and Pascal Elbé, and produced by Tarantula. After initially working as a location manager, Linder has served as first assistant director for various Belgian directors, such as Bouli Lanners, Joachim Lafosse, Benoît Mariage and, most recently, on Raw [+see also:
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For a Happy Life follows the trials and tribulations of Amel, a 17-year-old girl of Algerian heritage. For several months, she has been having a secret relationship with 22-year-old Mashir Fahrad, of Pakistani lineage. But will their love be strong enough to withstand the burdens of their respective cultures? For a Happy Life tells the story of two people who are besotted with each other, but who are forced into hiding in order to love one another – a contemporary reinterpretation of the archetypal romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet. In this love story, it is no longer the families that clash with each other, but rather whole communities, cultures and traditions.
The role of Amel is played by young actress Sofia Lesaffre, who graced screens in Alone [+see also:
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For a Happy Life is being produced by Tarantula Belgique and Tarantula Luxembourg, with support from the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Film and Audiovisual Centre, and the Film Fund Luxembourg.
(Translated from French)
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