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Omar Sy is Belleville Cop

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- The French star will play the lead in Rachid Bouchareb’s film. A feature film currently in post-production, which is being produced by Tessalit and sold by Lionsgate

Omar Sy is Belleville Cop
Actor Omar Sy

Currently in post-production after filming wrapped on 15 June is Belleville Cop, the 11th feature film by Rachid Bouchareb, a director who has been nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film three times, with Poussières de vie in 1996, Days of Glory [+see also:
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in 2007 (which also won the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006), and Outside the Law [+see also:
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in 2011 (which was shown in competition at Cannes in 2010), and has also battled it out for the Golden Bear at Berlin on three occasions (with Little Senegal in 2001, London River [+see also:
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in 2009 and Two Men in Town [+see also:
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in 2014).

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For his latest opus, which marks his first foray into the police comedy/buddy movie genre, the director put together a cast featuring French star Omar Sy (who won the César for Best Actor in 2012 for Untouchable [+see also:
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, was nominated this year for Chocolat, recently starred in Two Is a Family [+see also:
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, and hits theatres on 18 October in Knock), Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán (a very recognisable supporting actor internationally, having previously appeared in films by Steven Soderbergh, Paul Thomas Anderson, Brian De Palma, Sidney Lumet, Ridley Scott, etc., and who was also praised for his performance in TV series Narcos), Franck Gastambide (Les Kaïra [+see also:
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, Pattaya [+see also:
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, Good Luck Sam [+see also:
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), Julie Ferrier (who was nominated for the César for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for Heartbreaker [+see also:
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), Algerian actress Biyouna (Délice Paloma [+see also:
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) and Diem Ngyen.

Written by Rachid Bouchareb, American Larry Gross (48 heures, Porto [+see also:
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) and Marion Doussot, the screenplay centres around Baaba Keita (Omar Sy). Born in Belleville, he has become police inspector and decided to stay in his neighbourhood, to the great disappointment of his girlfriend, who is pestering him about moving in together, elsewhere. But Baaba has trouble distancing himself from his somewhat interfering mother… One evening, his childhood friend Roland is killed right in front of him at a restaurant. Roland was a liaison officer for the French Consulate in Miami and in Paris for a drug trafficking investigation. Baaba Keita manages to secure Roland’s job so that he can track down his killer, and travels to Florida with his mother in tow, as he can’t bring himself to leave her on her own. In Miami, he is paired up with Ricardo, an indifferent and bad-tempered cop. Forced to work together despite their many differences, Baaba and Ricardo end up making a powerful team…

Produced by Jean Bréhat for Tessalit Productions, Belleville Cop is being co-produced by Davis Films, TF1 Films Production and Korokoro. Also pre-purchased by OCS and Ciné+, the feature is being supported by Cofinova. Nine weeks of filming took place from 27 March to 15 June in Paris, Miami, Bogota, Cartagena, Girardot et Riohacha. The film will be released in France by Metropolitan Filmexport, whilst international sales are being handled by Lionsgate.

Tessalit is currently also working on the post-production of L'insulte by Ziad Doueiri (see article), and with its other company Taos Films, Jean Bréhat also recently produced Jeannette, the Childhood of Joan of Arc [+see also:
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interview: Bruno Dumont
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by Bruno Dumont, which had its premiere in Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes and hits French cinemas on 6 September.

(Translated from French)

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