Château in post-production
by Fabien Lemercier
- Produced by SRAB Films, the feature debut by Modi Barry and Cédric Ido will be distributed in France by Happiness and is being sold by MK2
Last week saw the end of shooting for Château, the feature debut by directing duo Modi Barry and Cédric Ido (who turned heads with his shorts Twagaa and Hasaki Ya Suda), in Paris. The cast includes Jacky Ido (who has appeared in such titles as Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
film profile] and Radiostars [+see also:
film profile], and who toplines the series Taxi Brooklyn), Jean-Baptiste Anoumon (Paulette [+see also:
film profile]), Tatiana Rojo (Scouting for Zebras [+see also:
film profile], The White Knights [+see also:
interview: Joachim Lafosse
film profile]), Ralph Amoussou (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2009 for With a Little Help from Myself [+see also:
film profile], also putting on a fine performance in films like Under the Starry Sky [+see also:
film profile]) and Gilles Cohen (A Prophet [+see also:
interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
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Written by Modi Barry, Cédric Ido and Joseph Denize, the story kicks off in Paris, in the summertime. In the vibrant African neighbourhood of Château d'Eau in Paris, Charles is the smoothest of all the hustlers. His job: to fill the district’s numerous hair salons with customers. But when the competition is tough and everybody’s trying hard to be number one, dirty tricks are just around the corner. Fast talk, tall tales, tailored suits and secrets of the heart... Welcome to Chateau!
Produced by Toufik Ayadi and Christophe Barral for SRAB Films, Château is being co-produced by One World Films (Matthew Gledhill and Marc de Pontavice). Having been pre-purchased by TV5 Monde, the feature is also supported by the CNC’s advance on receipts, Soficinéma, Cinéventure and Cinefeel. The shoot took place entirely in Paris from 1-26 August. The French distribution will be handled by Happiness Distribution, while the international sales are managed by MK2.
Interestingly, this is the second film to be executive-produced by SRAB, following A Bun in the Oven by Nadège Loiseau (co-executive-produced with Les Films du Worso), which Diaphana will release in French theatres on 16 November.
(Translated from French)