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Julien Leclercq shooting La Terre et Le Sang

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- Sami Bouajila toplines the Labyrinthe Films-produced feature, which the filmmaker himself has billed as an extremely violent modern western

Julien Leclercq shooting La Terre et Le Sang
Director Julien Leclercq and actor Sami Bouajila

Following Chrysalis [+see also:
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 (2007), The Assault [+see also:
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 (2011), The Informant [+see also:
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 (2013), The Crew [+see also:
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 (2016) and The Bouncer [+see also:
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 (2018), Julien Leclercq has been in Belgium shooting his sixth feature, La Terre et Le Sang (lit. “Earth and Blood”), since 13 March. For the cast, the director is joining forces for the third time with Sami Bouajila (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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, nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for Omar Killed Me [+see also:
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, César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for The Witnesses [+see also:
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, popular in the recent titles Blessed [+see also:
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and Through the Fire [+see also:
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). He is flanked by Ériq Ebouaney (who toplined Raoul Peck’s Lumumba and whose filmography seems to fluctuate between European arthouse cinema – see A Season in France [+see also:
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 and 35 Shots of Rum [+see also:
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, for instance – and big-budget Hollywood productions such as Kingdom of Heaven and Hitman), Samy Seghir (who gave great performances in season 2 of Le Bureau des Légendes and in Neuilly, sa mère, sa mère ! [+see also:
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, the first instalment of which, Neuilly Yo Mama [+see also:
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 earned him a nomination for the Lumières Award for Best New Actor in 2013; he also turned heads in Turning Tide [+see also:
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 and Les Petits Princes [+see also:
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), Sofia Lesaffre (Alone [+see also:
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) and Redouanne Harjane (M [+see also:
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).

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The story, written by Julien Leclercq and Jérémie Guez (Rebels [+see also:
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The Night Eats the World [+see also:
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), centres on the character of Saïd. Apart from his 18-year-old daughter, Sarah, his entire life revolves around his family sawmill. For years, he has struggled to keep his business afloat, mainly for the sake of his employees, all of whom are former inmates and young people on rehabilitation schemes. But one day, one of them uses the sawmill to hide a car filled with drugs. When the cartel it belongs to shows up at the sawmill, Saïd and Sarah will have to do their utmost to protect it. But they are at an advantage: this sawmill is their turf, and they know every nook and cranny of it…

Produced by Julien Madon (a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move in 2016) and Julien Leclercq for Labyrinthe FilmsLa Terre et Le Sang is being co-produced by Belgium’s Umedia and has secured backing from Wallimage. The shoot will take place in Namur and Brussels until 30 April, with Brecht Goyvaert in charge of the cinematography. 

Labyrinthe Films has produced movies such as SK1 [+see also:
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The Crew [+see also:
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 and A Bluebird in My Heart, among others. Through his other company, Single Man Productions, Julien Madon has titles such as Through the Fire and Dog [+see also:
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under his belt.

(Translated from French)

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