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Emilie Dequenne and Hafsia Herzi set to star in Par accident

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- In September, the two actresses will turn up for the shoot of the directorial feature debut by screenwriter Camille Fontaine, produced by Elzévir Films

Emilie Dequenne and Hafsia Herzi set to star in Par accident
Emilie Dequenne

According to Cineuropa’s sources, on 4 September the shoot will kick off for the feature debut by Camille Fontaine: Par accident [+see also:
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. Having built up a great reputation as a screenwriter (including for Landes [+see also:
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and Coco Before Chanel [+see also:
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, which earned her a nomination for the 2010 César for Best Adapted Screenplay), the first-time filmmaker has now assembled a cast for her first directorial opus that includes Belgian actress Emilie Dequenne (who rose to fame in Rosetta, won Best Actress in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012 for Loving Without Reason [+see also:
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and was popular recently in Not My Type [+see also:
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) and Hafsia Herzi (winner of the 2008 César Award for Most Promising Actress for The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
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, European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2009, and also putting on fine performances in House of Tolerance [+see also:
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, Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
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, On My Way [+see also:
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and La Marche [+see also:
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, among others). 

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Written by Camille Fontaine herself, the story gets under way with Amra and Lyes, two young Algerians who have been living in France for the last five years. Amra has applied for her papers, while Lyes is living there illegally. One evening, while clumsily fumbling for her mobile phone, Amra runs over a pedestrian while driving her car; however, she sees nothing of what actually happened during the accident. Driven to despair, as she thinks this means she will no longer be able to get her papers, her name is cleared at just the right moment by Angélique, who witnessed the incident and saw that the pedestrian threw himself under the wheels of her car. The two young women then become friends. But Angélique’s attitude gradually gets stranger and stranger... even to the point of being disturbing.

Produced by Marie Masmonteil and Denis Carot for Elzévir Films, Par accident is benefitting particularly from a co-production by France 3 Cinéma and from backing by the PACA (Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) region, where the seven-week shoot will take place. International sales are still being negotiated, and distribution in France will be handled by Ad Vitam.

Elzevir Films is currently riding the crest of a very powerful wave, as the Paris-based company recently produced Party Girl [+see also:
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by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis (winner of the Caméra d'Or at Cannes and set to be released in French movie theatres on 27 August), Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
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by Israel’s Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz (unveiled at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight and showing in cinemas since 25 June) and A la vie by Jean-Jacques Zilbermann (read the news – release scheduled for 19 November).

(Translated from French)

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