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Shooting wraps on Emma Benestan’s Fragile

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- Yasin Houicha and Oulaya Amamra lead the cast of the filmmaker’s first full-length work, a Unité production set to be distributed in France by Haut et Court

Shooting wraps on Emma Benestan’s Fragile
Director Emma Benestan and actor Yasin Houicha on the set of Fragile (© Cécile Mella)

Having kicked off on 31 August, filming on Emma Benestan first feature Fragile wrapped in Sète yesterday, 13 October. Hailing from La Fémis’s Editing Department, the director previously drew attention with her numerous short films, in particular the fiction offering Goût bacon and the documentary Un monde sans bêtes (featuring in Clermont-Ferrand’s national competition in 2017 and 2018, respectively).

Distinguishing themselves at the head of the cast are Yasin Houicha (who turned heads in Le Brio [+see also:
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, Papicha [+see also:
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interview: Mounia Meddour
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]
and Through the Fire [+see also:
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as well as in the series Cannabis) and Oulaya Amamra (the winner of the Best New Hope César and the Best Newcomer Lumières award in 2017 for Divines [+see also:
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interview: Houda Benyamina
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]
, similarly well-received in The World is Yours [+see also:
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interview: Romain Gavras
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]
, Farewell to the Night [+see also:
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interview: André Téchiné
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]
and The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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, among other works). Appearing alongside them are Raphaël Quenard (spotted in Mandibles [+see also:
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interview: Quentin Dupieux
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]
and Mama Weed [+see also:
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, among other productions), Bilel Chegrani (Cuties [+see also:
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interview: Maïmouna Doucouré
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]
) and Diong-Kéba Tacu (whom we’ll be seeing next year in Une histoire d’amour et de désir), not to mention Guillermo Guiz, Tiphaine Daviot, Tassadit Mandi, Samira Sedira and Fatma Benyoub.

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Written by Emma Benestan and Nour Ben Salem, the story follows in the footsteps of Az, an oyster-farmworker in Sète who’s just been dumped by his girlfriend Jessica -  the star of a local soap opera set in the legal world - having only just asked her to marry him. For Az, it’s the end of the world. Desperate, he follows the advice of his childhood friend Lila and sets about choreographing a furious dance in order to reclaim her heart…

Produced by Caroline Nataf, together with Bruno Nahon and Thomas Morvan, on behalf of Unité, Fragile is co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The feature film also enjoys the support of the Occitanie region and of the SOFICA company SofitvCiné, with cinematography coming courtesy of Aurélien Marra (Two of Us [+see also:
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interview: Filippo Meneghetti
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, Meteorites [+see also:
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) and distribution in France entrusted to Haut et Court. International sales are still under negotiation. 

For the record, Unité’s post-production slate includes Entre les vagues by Anaïs Volpé (article) while other recent works include Camille [+see also:
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interview: Boris Lojkine
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by Boris Lojkine, Pearl [+see also:
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interview: Elsa Amiel
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by Elsa Amiel and Razzia [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ayouch
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by Nabil Ayouch (whose new film Positive School is being co-produced by the French firm – read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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