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Marina Foïs is heading the cast of Assoiffés

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- Filming wraps up on Jérémie Elkaïm’s directorial feature debut, starring the actress alongside Laetitia Dosch and Seear Kohi. A Super 8 production sold by Totem Films

Marina Foïs is heading the cast of Assoiffés
Actress Marina Foïs (© Chassery+Perusseau / KCS PRESSE)

Final stretch for the shoot of Assoiffés, the first feature directed by actor Jérémie Elkaïm, which began on 19 August and will end in early October. Heading the cast are Marina Foïs (nominated for César Awards in 2008, 2012, 2017 and 2018 for Best Actress for her performances in Darling [+see also:
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, Poliss [+see also:
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, Faultless [+see also:
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and The Workshop [+see also:
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, admired recently in Conviction [+see also:
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and Sink or Swim [+see also:
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and in Toronto in the TV series Savages), Laetitia Dosch (winner of the Lumières award for Best New Actress in 2018 and nominated that same year for the Most Promising Actress César award for Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
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, also popular in Age of Panic [+see also:
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, Gaspard at the Wedding [+see also:
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and Our Struggles [+see also:
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; who has just finished shooting in Passion simple, Valse de Vienne and Playlist) and franco-afghan actor Seear Kohi.

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Adapted by Jérémie Elkaïm (in collaboration with Gilles Marchand and Arthur Cahn) from the novel Calais mon amour by Béatrice Huret and Catherine Siguret, the script centres on Béatrice, a Front National supporter who lives with her son and her mother some 20 kilometres away from the Calais jungle, where 9,000 people are crammed together. One evening, as she leaves work, she gives a ride to a migrant teenager who asks her to drop her there. Her life dramatically changes. She becomes an occasional volunteer. Two years later, a group of Iranian refugees sew their mouths up to denounce their poor living conditions. Among them is Mokhtar, a teacher in his country, who has arrived in Europe after crossing the Mediterranean on a makeshift boat. Their eyes meet: it’s love at first sight…

Produced by Albane de Jourdan, Jérôme Salle and Marc Simoncini for Super 8 Production, Assoiffés is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Also pre-bought by Canal+, the feature is supported by the Soficas Cinécap, Cofimage and SG Image. The director of photography is Jeanne Lapoirie (nominated for the Best Cinematography César awards in 2003, 2014 and 2018 for 8 Women [+see also:
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, Michael Kohlhaas [+see also:
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and BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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) and the score will be composed by Yuksek. Memento Films Distribution will be in charge of the film’s release in French cinemas and international sales are handled by Totem Films.

For the record, Super 8 Production recently co-produced Éric Barbier’s Petit Pays (released in French cinemas on 11 March 2020 – read the news).

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