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Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir filming La Vie Scolaire

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- Zita Hanrot, Liam Pierron, Soufiane Guerrab, Moussa Mansaly and Alban Ivanov are among the cast of this Mandarin and Kallouche production being sold by Gaumont

Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir filming La Vie Scolaire
Directors Mehdi Idir and Grand Corps Malade

On the heels of their highly successful feature-length directorial debut, Step by Step [+see also:
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 (1.28 million admissions in France in 2017, four nominations for the 2018 César Awards, including in the Best Film category, and three nods for the Lumières Awards), duo Grand Corps Malade and Mehdi Idir are getting stuck right into their second feature, La Vie Scolaire (lit. “Student Behaviour”), the shoot for which kicked off last Monday. The cast includes Zita Hanrot (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2016 for Fatima [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
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, also proving popular in The Party’s Over [+see also:
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interview: Marie Garel-Weiss
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 and currently gracing screens in Paul Sanchez Is Back! [+see also:
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), Liam Pierron, and three actors who previously appeared in Step by StepSoufiane GuerrabMoussa Mansaly (On the Sly [+see also:
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Insecure [+see also:
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interview: Marianne Tardieu
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) and Alban Ivanov (C’est la vie! [+see also:
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Sink or Swim [+see also:
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). 

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The story, written by the pair of directors, is set in an educational establishment in Saint-Denis, in the inner suburbs of Paris, and immerses us in its day-to-day life. According to a few clues dished out so far by the filmmakers, the plot will revolve around several students and the path they take, and will attempt to use a comedic tone to tackle societal questions linked to so-called "high-priority education network" areas.

As was the case for Step by Step, this movie is being produced by Eric and Nicolas Altmayer for Mandarin Production and by Jean-Rachid Kallouche for Kallouche CinémaLa Vie Scolaire is being co-produced by Gaumont and France 3 Cinéma, has been pre-purchased by OCS and Canal+, and has also secured support from Fimalac. The seven-week shoot will take place in Ile-de-France, with Antoine Monod serving as DoP. The music will be composed by Angelo Foley (nominated for the 2018 Lumières Award in his category, together with Grand Corps Malade, for Step by Step). The French distribution and international sales will be managed by Gaumont

As a reminder, Mandarin Production currently has Alexandre by François Ozon (see the article), Pure as Snow by Anne Fontaine (see the article), Le Mystère Henri Pick by Rémi Bezançon (see the article) and The Emperor of Paris by Jean-François Richet (see the article) in post-production.

(Translated from French)

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