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Fanny Ardant to star in Lola Pater by Nadir Moknèche

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- The actress will be sharing the big screen with Tewfik Jallab in a film being made by Blue Monday Productions, co-produced by Versus and distributed by ARP Sélection

Fanny Ardant to star in Lola Pater by Nadir Moknèche
Actress Fanny Ardant

On 28 March, Nadir Moknèche will start shooting Franco-Belgian co-production Lola Pater, his fifth feature film after Le Harem de Mme Osmane (2000), Viva Laldjérie (2004), Délice Paloma [+see also:
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(which won the Prix Lumière in 2007 for Best French-Speaking Film) and Goodbye Morocco [+see also:
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(2013). The cast for the new opus of the filmmaker, who’s a familiar face at international film festivals, brings together Fanny Ardant (who won the César in 1997 for Best Actress and has been nominated five times in total, including in 2014 for Bright Days Ahead [+see also:
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), Tewfik Jallab (who was nominated for the Prix Lumière in 2014 for Most Promising Actor for The Marchers [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
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, acclaimed in Homeland [+see also:
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and recently starred in Fast Convoy [+see also:
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), Nadia Kaci (who has already been in three of the director’s films), Belgian actresses Lucie Debay (Melody [+see also:
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interview: Bernard Bellefroid
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) and Lubna Azabal (who recently featured at Berlin in My Revolution [+see also:
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), Véronique Dumont and Raphaëlle Bruneau.

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Written by Nadir Moknèche, the story starts when Zino, who’s 27 years old and the son of Algerian immigrants, buries his mother in Paris. An only child, he grew up with her after the sudden departure of his father Farid, who left over 20 years ago. Based on what his mother told him, Zino believes that his father abandoned him. He learns from the notary that Farid didn’t return to Algeria, but is instead living in Camargue, and that his parents never got divorced. Why did his mother lie to him?

Produced by Bertrand Gore and Nathalie Mesuret for Blue Monday Productions (this is the 4th film by Nadir Moknèche that the company’s worked on), Lola Pater is being co-produced by Belgian company Versus Productions, pre-sales are being handled by Ciné+ and TV5 Monde, and the film is being supported by the Ile-de-France and PACA regions, Ouest-Provence, Acsé and Procirep/Angoa. The eight weeks of filming will end on 14 May and will take place in Paris, in Istres and Fos-sur-Mer. Distribution in France and international sales will be handled by ARP Sélection.

Blue Monday Productions, whose previous films notably include Lost Paradise [+see also:
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by Eve Deboise and L'Oiseau [+see also:
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by Yves Caumon, received high acclaim for As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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interview: Leyla Bouzid
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by Leyla Bouzid (awarded the Label Europa Cinemas at Venice Days). The Parisian company is currently working on the post-production for Stan [+see also:
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 by Magaly Richard-Serrano (see news article), which will be distributed in France in the autumn of 2016 by Version Originale/Condor, which will be releasing another Blue Monday production in French cinemas on 30 March: Kokoro [+see also:
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by Vanja d’Alcantara (see news article).

(Translated from French)

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