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Romain Gavras shooting Mr. Freeze

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- Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Cassel and Oulaya Amamra are among the cast of the filmmaker’s second feature, which is being produced by Iconoclast Films

Romain Gavras shooting Mr. Freeze
Actors Karim Leklou, Isabelle Adjani, Vincent Cassel and Oulaya Amamra

Since 11 May, Romain Gavras has been shooting Mr. Freeze, his second feature-length effort, following Our Day Will Come [+see also:
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 (2010). Well known around the world as a director of music videos (for the likes of Justice, Jay-Z, Kanye West, M.I.A. and PNL, to name but a few) and adverts, Costa-Gavras’ son has assembled a cast toplined by Karim Leklou (Best Actor at the 2015 Turin Film Festival for Heatwave [+see also:
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, popular recently in The Stopover [+see also:
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interview: Delphine and Muriel Coulin
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]
Toril [+see also:
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interview: Laurent Teyssier
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]
 and Heal the Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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]
, and set to grace screens soon in If You Saw His Heart), Isabelle Adjani (nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress in 1976 and 1990, Best Actress Award at Cannes in 1981, five César Awards for Best Actress, including for La Journée de la jupe [+see also:
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in 2010), Vincent Cassel (César Award for Best Actor in 2009 for Mesrine: Part 1 – Killer Instinct [+see also:
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 and Mesrine: Part 2 – Public Enemy #1 [+see also:
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, nominated in 1996, 2002 and 2016 for My King [+see also:
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, set to hit screens soon in Gauguin and Fleuve noir) and Oulaya Amamra (César and Lumière Awards for Most Promising Actress in 2017 for Divines [+see also:
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interview: Houda Benyamina
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]
). Other cast members include Norbert Ferrer (Le Paradis des bêtes [+see also:
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) and Sofian Khammes (Chouf [+see also:
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).

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Written by Romain Gavras, Karim Boukercha (who was also a writing partner of the director’s on Our Day Will Come) and Noé Debré (nominated for the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2016 for Dheepan [+see also:
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), the story apparently centres on a former drug dealer who wants to set up a small business in Algeria and who is counting on the money he earned while dealing, which his mother is supposed to have hidden away for him. But unfortunately, she has gambled it all away. He is then forced to go back to a life of crime and, together with a friend and his ex, agrees to one last deal to get his plans back on track.

Produced by Charles-Marie AnthoniozMourad BelkeddarJean Duhamel and Nicolas Lhermitte for Iconoclast FilmsMr. Freeze is being co-produced by Chi-Fou-Mi Productions and Spanish outfit Cactus Flower Producciones. The shoot, which kicked off in Benidorm, Spain, will continue in Paris, with André Chemetoff serving as DoP.

Iconoclast Films debuted in feature-film production when it co-produced Wrong [+see also:
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by Quentin Dupieux (unveiled at Sundance in 2012), and the firm then went on to stage Heaven Knows What by US directors Ben and Joshua Safdie (revealed in Horizons at the 2014 Venice Film Festival), La Résistance de l'air [+see also:
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 by Fred Grivois (2015) and Dom Juan [+see also:
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interview: Vincent Macaigne ­
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]
 by Vincent Macaigne (Filmmakers of the Present at Locarno in 2015). 

(Translated from French)

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