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Omar Sy is filming Father & Soldier

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- The French star’s name shines bright up front in Mathieu Vadepied’s second feature film, which is produced by Unité and Korokoro, and sold by Gaumont

Omar Sy is filming Father & Soldier
Actor Omar Sy

Initially known as a director of photography who earned himself two César nominations, firstly for 2002’s Read My Lips [+see also:
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and then for Untouchable [+see also:
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in 2012, Mathieu Vadepied kicked off filming on Father & Soldier [+see also:
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. For the lead role, the filmmaker is counting on the most famous French actor in the world right now: Omar Sy (recently well-received in The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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, Night Shift [+see also:
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and the Lupin series).

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Starring alongside him are Alassane Diong (who appeared in the Savages [+see also:
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]
series) and Jonas Bloquet (nominated for 2017’s Best New Hope César by way of Elle [+see also:
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and for 2011’s Magritte in the same category via Private Lessons [+see also:
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), as well as Bamar Kane, Alassane Sy, Clément Lankoulo, Thomas Sambou, Ibrahim Ba and Oumar Sey.

Written by Mathieu Vadepied and Olivier Demangel (Atlantics [+see also:
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), the story plunges viewers into 1917. Bakary Diallo enlists in the French Army in order to be with his 17-year-old son Thierno who was recruited by force. Sent to the front, they find themselves facing the war together. While Thierno learns how to become a man, Bakary does everything he can to get his boy home safe and sound…

Father & Soldier is produced by Bruno Nahon on behalf of Unité, by Omar Sy on behalf of Korokoro and by the Senegalese firm Sy Possible Africa in co-production with Mille Soleils, Gaumont (who are also steering distribution in France, not to mention international sales) and France 3 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the CNC by way of an advance on receipts. The nine-week film shoot will unfold in France from 23 August to 13 October, before moving on to Senegal in January 2022, with Venezuela’s Luis Armando Arteaga (Tremors [+see also:
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, Litigante [+see also:
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) in charge of photography.

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(Translated from French)

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