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Michel Blanc and Hakim Jemili filming Docteur?

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- The two actors are toplining Tristan Séguéla’s film, a comedy being staged by Unité de Production and sold by Other Angle Pictures

Michel Blanc and Hakim Jemili filming Docteur?
Actors Michel Blanc and Hakim Jemili

The first clapperboard will slam on 28 January for Docteur?, the third feature by Tristan Séguéla, following 16 ans ou presque [+see also:
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 (2013) and Rattrapage [+see also:
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 (2017). For the two lead roles in his new comedy, the filmmaker is calling on the services of seasoned thesp Michel Blanc (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 1986 for Ménage, nominated for the César Award for Best Actor four times, including in 2008 for The Witnesses [+see also:
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, César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2012 for The Minister [+see also:
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, an iconic character in the French Fried Vacation trilogy and glimpsed recently in Kiss & Tell [+see also:
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) and Hakim Jemili, a rising star in the world of stand-up.

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The story, written by Tristan Séguéla and Jim Birmant, unfolds on Christmas night. A doctor from Paris, weary from 20 years of work, sends a deliveryman to treat his patients in his stead…

Produced by Bruno Nahon and Caroline Nataf for Unité de ProductionDocteur? is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+Ciné+ and C8, the feature has also secured backing from the Sofitvciné Sofica. The eight-week shoot will take place in Paris, with Frédéric Noirhomme (nominated for the Magritte Award in his respective category in 2016 for Prejudice [+see also:
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, and doing an excellent job on the recent titles Dear Son [+see also:
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 and Paul Sanchez Is Back! [+see also:
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) serving as DoP. The French distribution will be overseen by Apollo Films and the international sales by Other Angle Pictures.

Unité de Production, which currently has Camille by Boris Lojkine (see the article) and Fille unique by Bruno Merle (starring Pio MarmaïCamille RutherfordRita Merle and Orelsan) in post-production, is co-producing Positive School by Nabil Ayouch, which is just about to wrap principal photography (see the article). The Paris-based outfit’s recent filmography includes Pearl [+see also:
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 by Elsa Amiel (unveiled in the Giornate degli Autori of the Venice Film Festival and set to go on general release in France on 30 January), Razzia [+see also:
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 and Sparring [+see also:
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.

(Translated from French)

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