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Sami Bouajila sets his sights on the Olympics in Good Luck Algeria

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- The actor will soon start filming the feature debut by Farid Bentoumi, a Les Films Velvet production, co-produced by Les Films du Fleuve

Sami Bouajila sets his sights on the Olympics in Good Luck Algeria
Actor Sami Bouajila

On 1 December, the shoot will get under way for Good Luck Algeria [+see also:
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]
, the feature debut by Farid Bentoumi. The cast includes Sami Bouajila (winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
]
and the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for The Witnesses [+see also:
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]
, nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2012 for Omar Killed Me [+see also:
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]
), Franck Gastambide (who rose to fame in Les Kaïra [+see also:
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]
), Chiara Mastroianni (nominated for the Lumière Award for Best Actress in 2012 for Beloved [+see also:
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trailer
film focus
interview: Christophe Honoré
film profile
]
, popular recently in 3 Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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]
) and Hélène Vincent (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2013 for A Few Hours of Spring [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
).

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Written by Farid Bentoumi, Noé Debré (the co-screenwriter on Erran [+see also:
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Q&A: Jacques Audiard
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]
, the upcoming film by Jacques Audiard, among others) and Gaëlle Macé (Alyah [+see also:
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trailer
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]
), the movie (based on a true story – that of the director’s brother) recounts the misadventures of 43-year-old Sam. In order to save his business, which manufactures cross-country skis, he tries taking a rather risky gamble: taking part in the upcoming Olympic Games for his father’s country: Algeria. 

Produced by Frédéric Jouve for Les Films Velvet, Good Luck Algeria is co-produced by Belgian outfit Les Films du Fleuve (Delphine Tomson, and Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne) and by France 3 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and Be TV, the feature is also backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, Emergence and the La Banque Postale Image Sofica. The eight-week shoot will wrap on 30 January 2015, and will first take place in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and Rhône-Alpes regions, before continuing in Morocco and Algeria. Distribution in France will be handled by Ad Vitam, while Films Distribution will take care of international sales.

For the record, Les Films Velvet has produced such titles as Belle épine [+see also:
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trailer
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]
and Grand Central [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
film profile
]
by Rebecca Zlotowski, as well as Stéphane Demoustier’s Terre battue [+see also:
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]
(revealed in the Critics’ Week at Venice, and due to be released in French theatres on 17 December).

(Translated from French)

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