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Walid Mattar relocates for Vent du Nord

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- Philippe Rebbot joins Mohamed Amine Hamzaoui, Corinne Masiero and Kacey Mottet Klein in the cast of the director’s feature debut, which is being staged by Barney Production

Walid Mattar relocates for Vent du Nord
Walid Mattar (right) chats to his lead actor, Philippe Rebbot, who plays the role of a man who loses his job after his factory is relocated to Tunisia (© La Voix du Nord)

Walid Mattar has been filming his feature debut, Vent du Nord (lit. “North Wind”), since 1 August, and he will continue shooting until 30 September. The cast includes Philippe Rebbot (who made his breakthrough in Welcome to Argentina [+see also:
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and has turned heads in such films as The Together Project [+see also:
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, Family for Rent [+see also:
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and The First, The Last [+see also:
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), Tunisian rapper and actor Mohamed Amine Hamzaoui, Corinne Masiero (nominated for the César Award for Best Actress in 2013 for Louise Wimmer [+see also:
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, also putting on fine performances in Rust & Bone [+see also:
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and Discount [+see also:
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), Swiss actor Kacey Mottet Klein (a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2016, nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2013 for Sister [+see also:
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, also popular in Une mère [+see also:
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and Keeper [+see also:
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interview: Kacey Motten Klein
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) and Abir Bennai.

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Written by Leyla Bouzid (Europa Cinemas Label at Venice last year for As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
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and a finalist for the 2016 LUX Prize), Claude Le Pape (nominated for the César Award for Best Screenplay in 2015 for Love at First Fight [+see also:
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) and Walid Mattar, the story kicks off in northern France, as the factory where Hervé works gets relocated. He is the only worker to resign himself to his fate, as he has other plans in mind: to become a fisherman and pass on this passion to his son. Meanwhile, the factory has been relocated to the suburbs of Tunis, and in it unemployed Foued sees the chance to take care of his mother and, above all, woo a girl he likes. The paths of Hervé and Foued start to mirror each other and intertwine.

Produced by Saïd Hamich for Barney Production, Vent du Nord is the first feature to have been initiated by the Paris-based production house that co-produced Much Loved [+see also:
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. Co-produced by Belgian outfit Hélicotronc and Tunisian firm Propaganda, the feature is also being backed by the CNC’s advance on receipts, Pictanovo, Eurimages, the Tunisian Ministry of Culture’s production support and the Doha Film Institute. It will be distributed in France by KMBO.

(Translated from French)

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