Clapper for Andalucia by Alain Gomis
by Fabien Lemercier
31/10/2005 - Shooting started today in Orleans on Andalucia second feature by French-Senegalese Alain Gomis who won in 2001 the Léopard for Best first film at the Locarno festival with L'Afrance This time the 33 year old director has chosen to relate the misadventures of Yacine, interpreted by Samir Guesmi who also played a role in L'Afrance and was noticed during 2004-2005 for performances in Anthony Zimmer, Look at Me (Comme une image) [trailer] snd Work Hard, Play Hard (Violence des échanges en milieu tempéré) [trailer]. Enthusiastic young thirty year old, both funny and violent, Yacine lives in a caravan, on the margins of reality, gets by with little jobs. Attracted by the unknown man but without flowing with it, he one day meets a woman who looks like him. And so reappears in among people he had so carefully avoided: Djibril, a childhood friend from the city, then his Algerian family headed by his, formerly in the FLN converted to Catholicism. This community brings back easily to the surface memories of exclusion, desire for recognition, boyhood frustration, and, in order to move forward, Yacine will have to rid himself of it forever and take-off.
Produced by Mille et une productions, Andalucia had a budget of 450 000 euros of Advance on Receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC) and production aid of 140 000 euros from the APCVL (Atelier de Production Centre Val de Loire) who also helped at script stage. The shoot will last six weeks in France (Orléans and Paris) before heading to Spain for a week of location shots.
(Translated from French)