Corsican mafia and gangs from Marseille for De guerre lasse
by Fabien Lemercier
- Jalil Lespert, Tchéky Karyo, Sabrina Ouazani and Mahmed Arezki in the cast of Olivier Panchot’s movie, currently being filmed. An Elzévir Films production
Filming of De guerre lasse (lit. War Weary), the second feature film by Olivier Panchot (photo) after Sans moi [+see also:
film profile] (2007), began yesterday in Marseille. The cast features Jalil Lespert (Love and Bruises [+see also:
interview: Lou Ye
film profile]), Tchéky Karyo (soon starring in Des morceaux de moi [+see also:
film profile] and Jappeloup), Sabrina Ouazani (On the Other Side of the Tracks [+see also:
film profile]) and Mahmed Arezki (Adieu Gary [+see also:
Written by the director with Cédric Anger (Le Tueur [+see also:
film profile]), the screenplay focuses on Alex, an Algerian-born Frenchman and gang-leader in Marseille, who enlists in the Foreign Legion to escape a settling of scores with the Corsican mafia. Four years later, he defects and returns to Marseilles to find Katia, his childhood love. But power struggles in the town have changed: his father has left the business, leaving the Corsicans and the gangs from the northern neighbourhoods to share their control over the city. Alex’s determination will upset this fragile balance, putting his family at risk...
Produced by Marie Masmonteil and Denis Carot for Elzevir Films (which already produced the filmmaker’s first feature film), De guerre lasse has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. Funded by the Paca region and Sofica Cofinova, the filming will last 38 days. French distribution and international sales will be handled by SND.
Elzévir Films, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013, has produced films by Radu Mihaileanu (Live and Become [+see also:
interview: Denis Carot
interview: Didar Domehri
interview: Radu Mihaileanu
film profile] and The Source [+see also:
film profile]), Djamshed Usmonov, Stéphane Giusti, Patric Jean and Christian Rouaud (Leader-Sheep [+see also:
film profile]). The company, which just committed itself to co-producing the Ultra Trail transmedia project led by Michel Reilhac, will also produce this year Auschwitz-Resort by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (news).
(Translated from French)