Paris blanche by Lidia Terki in post-production
by Fabien Lemercier
- Produced by Day for Night, the filmmaker’s debut feature will be distributed in France by ARP Sélection and sold internationally by Doc & Film
Last week, six weeks of filming in Marseille and Algeria for the debut feature by Lidia Terki: Paris blanche, wrapped up. The cast features Tassadit Mandi (recently acclaimed for his performance in Macadam Stories [+see also:
film profile]), Zahir Bouzerar (Barakat! [+see also:
film profile]), Karole Rocher (who was nominated for the César for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in 2012 for Poliss [+see also:
film profile] and shines in TV series Braquo), Sébastien Houbani, Dan Herzberg and Marie Denarnaud.
Written by Lidia Terki and Colo Tavernier (who won the César for Best Adaptation in 1985 for A Sunday in the Country and was nominated in 1988 for the César for Best Original Screenplay for Beatrice, two films by Bertrand Tavernier with whom she also wrote Story of Women and The Bait), the story centres around Rekia, who, having not received news of her husband in years, leaves her village in Kabylie for the first time and travels across Algeria then France to bring him back to his homeland. But Nour, her husband, who she finds in the Parisian suburbs in a centre for elderly migrant workers, this man who fought the Maquis, her hero, is no longer the man she knew…
Produced by Jan Vasak, Alexandre Charlet and Virginie Sauveur for Day for Night Productions, Paris blanche has been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and is being supported by an advance on receipts from the CNC, the Île-de-France region and the Doha Film Institute. The distribution of the film in France will be handled by ARP Sélection and sales by Doc & Film International.
(Translated from French)