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by Modi Barry, Cédric Ido


Life around the Château d’Eau metro station, in a working-class area of Paris, is captivatingly seen through the eyes of the employees and clientele of the African hair salons located there. To make a living, the hairdressers rely on hustlers to get their customers. Dapperly dressed Charles, nicknamed the Prince, heads the group that cajoles potential clients. His unbridled charisma and years of experience – knowing the best areas to attract people with money to spend – have made him the undisputed leader. But Charles has dreams of his own – settling down and owning Mourat’s failing barber shop. However, life becomes complicated when a new hustler appears on the scene, whose aggressive tactics threaten Charles’ monopoly. With its restless camerawork, Château balances this kaleidoscopic portrait of daily life with a more general homage to the French capital, and the resourcefulness and vivacity of the people who live in it.

international title: Château
original title: La Vie de Château
country: France
sales agent: mk2 films
year: 2017
genre: fiction
directed by: Modi Barry, Cédric Ido
film run: 81'
release date: FR 9/08/2017
screenplay: Modi Barry, Cédric Ido, Joseph Denize
cast: Jacky Ido, William Nadylam, Gilles Cohen, Bruno Ricci, Hoji Fortuna, Ralph Amoussou, Yun-Ping He, Tatiana Rojo, Assa Sylla, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon
cinematography by: Antoine Monod
film editing: Flora Volpelière
costumes designer: Anne-Sophie Gledhill
music: Nicola Tescari
producer: Toufik Ayadi, Christophe Barral
co-producer: Marc Du Pontavice, Matthew Gledhill
associate producer: Margaux Balsan
production: SRAB Films, One World Films
distributor: Happiness Distribution
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