It’s lights, camera, action! for La niaque by Chad Chenouga
by Fabien Lemercier
- The director of 17 rue Bleue is adapting his play for his second feature film, which is being produced by TS Productions and will be sold by Films Distribution
On Monday 14 March filming started for La niaque, the second fictional feature film by Chad Chenouga. After being noticed for his short films, in particular Rue Bleue (which was awarded at Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1998 and was nominated for an Oscar in 2000), the director (who has also worked as an actor, for example in The Grocer’s Son [+see also:
film profile]) was selected to participate in the Filmmakers of the Present section of the Locarno Film Festival in 2001 with his debut feature 17 rue Bleue. His newest opus brings together a cast featuring Khaled Alouach, Laurent Xu, Daouda Keita, Aboudou Sacko, Sabri Nouioua, Jisca Kalvanda (Max & Lenny [+see also:
film profile]), Myriam Mansouri and Belgian actress Yolande Moreau (who won the César in 2005 and 2009 for Best Actress for her performances in When The Sea Rises and Séraphine [+see also:
Adapted by Chad Chenouga and Christine Paillard from the play of the same name written by the former (which he himself directed in 2011 at the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre), the screenplay for La niaque (which won its writers the Sopadin Grand Prize for Best Screenplay in 2015 – see news article) centres around Nassim, a 16-year-old boy who is placed with a family in the suburbs following the death of his drug addict mother. But he refuses to integrate into the social setting that surrounds him. He invents another life for himself, similar to that of his mates at the big Parisian high school he goes to. There’s no reason for that to change. His two lives, his home life and his school life, must be kept separate at all costs.
Produced by Miléna Poylo and Gilles Sacuto for TS Productions, La niaque has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. Supported by the CNC with an advance on receipts and the "Images de la diversité" Fund, the Aquitaine region and the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, shooting for the film will take place until 4 May in Paris, in the Paris Region and Pau. The film will be distributed in French cinemas by Ad Vitam and international sales will be handled by Films Distribution.
TS Productions is also currently handling the post-production of Une vie [+see also:
Q&A: Stéphane Brizé
film profile] by Stéphane Brizé (see news article) whose latest opus, The Measure of a Man [+see also:
interview: Stéphane Brizé
film profile], won Vincent Lindon the Prize for Best Actor at Cannes last year as well as the 2016 César for Best Actor.
(Translated from French)