Niels Arestrup, Bright Days Ahead for Ada Loueilh
by Fabien Lemercier
- Repatriated from Abidjan, a father and daughter discover each other in the first feature film by the director. A Films du Kiosque production
Today the filming of Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
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film profile], nominated in the same category the following year for The Big Picture [+see also:
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Written by the director, the screenplay (rewarded by the 2012 Junior Sopadin Prize) begins at the Charles de Gaulle airport, in April 2011. Jacques (Arestrup) and Safi (Coma) arrive from Abidjan, from where they have been urgently repatriated. He has dark skin, tanned by the African sun and his life as an expat hotel manager. His 14 year-old mixed-race daughter has gotten used to living with her mother and does not know what to think of this uselesss loud-mouth father who suddenly dragged her away with him. Placed in a reception centre in Nice, they learn to look at, know and maybe even love each other. But there is also Gloria, Safi’s mother, left behind in the turmoil of Abidjan and who remains unreachable...
Produced by François Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne for Les Films du Kiosque, Bright Days Ahead benefits from a France 3 Cinéma coproduction, pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+, an advance on receipts from the CNC, the backing of the Paca region, as well as funding from Sofica SofiTVciné, Cofimage and Manon. Filming will run until August 9th. French distribution and international sales will be handled by Le Pacte.
Les Films du Kiosque have another first film currently being filmed (Qu'Allah bénisse la France by rapper and writer Abd Al Malik – article), and successfully launched on screens on June 19th Les Beaux jours [+see also:
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(Translated from French)