Des Apaches: Dussollier and Casta get together with Nassim Amaouche
by Fabien Lemercier
- Shooting for the second feature by the director of Adieu Gary will begin on 10 March, produced by Ad Vitam
According to Cineuropa’s sources, Nassim Amaouche, who won the Grand Prix at the International Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2009 for Adieu Gary [+see also:
film profile], will begin shooting his second feature film – Des Apaches [+see also:
film profile] – on 10 March in Paris. It will star the director himself, André Dussollier (who has been nominated eight times at the César Awards, and won Best Actor in 1998 and Best Supporting Actor in 2002; and he was recently praised in Berlin for his performances in Life of Riley [+see also:
film profile], Diplomacy [+see also:
film profile] and Beauty and the Beast [+see also:
interview: Christophe Gans
interview: Léa Seydoux
interview: Vincent Cassel
film profile]) and Laetitia Casta (who was nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for Gainsbourg – Vie héroïque [+see also:
Interview with Joann Sfar, director of…
interview: Kacey Motten Klein
film profile] and can be seen in cinemas in Sous les jupes des filles on 4 June).
Written by Nassim Amaouche and Guillaume Bréaud (who was nominated for the César Award for Best Screenplay in 2006 for The Young Lieutenant [+see also:
film profile] and who also co-wrote the script for Bird People by Pascale Ferran), Des Apaches’ story focuses on Samir, a 30-year-old who has just lost his mother. At the cemetery he comes across a stranger – his father. This encounter will disrupt his life by bringing his past and his childhood to the surface in a most unusual way. By discovering his father, Samir unwittingly finds himself mixed up in a family affair that plunges him deep into the heart of the Kabyle population of Belleville and all its traditions. He then has to face up to his decisions. By freeing himself from his childhood and his clan, Samir grows up and becomes a free man – an "Apache".
Produced by Alexandra Henochsberg for Ad Vitam Production, Des Apaches is benefitting from co-production by France 3 Cinéma, a pre-purchase by Canal+, an advance on receipts and backing from the CNC’s “Images de la diversité” fund, as well as support from Sofica Manon and Palatine Etoile. The eight weeks of shooting will finish on 30 April and will take place almost entirely in the streets of Belleville in Paris, apart from two days in Kabylie to finish off the shoot. Distribution in France will be handled directly by Ad Vitam, and international sales are still being negotiated. In fact, this is the second feature to be produced by Ad Vitam (which is in a very strong position in the French independent distribution sector), following Going South [+see also:
film profile] by Sébastien Lifshitz (2009).
(Translated from French)