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Rachid Bouchareb is shooting Nos frangins

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- Reda Kateb, Lyna Khoudri, Raphaël Personnaz and Samir Guesmi grace the cast of this 3B production, co-produced by France 2 Cinéma, Le Pacte and Wild Bunch

Rachid Bouchareb is shooting Nos frangins
Actor Reda Kateb (© Maximilian Bühn), actress Lyna Khoudri and actors Raphaël Personnaz and Samir Guesmi (© Georges Biard)

8 November saw Rachid Bouchareb kicking off filming on Nos frangins (as revealed by French regional daily Sud-Ouest). This will be the 12th feature film to come courtesy of the director thrice nominated for the Best International Film Oscar by way of Dust of Life in 1996, Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
]
in 2007 (which also won the Best Actor award in Cannes 2006) and Outside the Law [+see also:
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in 2011 (which also competed in Cannes in 2010), who has likewise battled it out for Berlin’s Golden Bear on three occasions (via Little Senegal in 2001, London River [+see also:
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in 2009 and Two Men in Town [+see also:
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in 2014).

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For his latest opus, the director has assembled a cast composed of Reda Kateb (recently nominated for the 2020 Best Actor César by way of The Specials [+see also:
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, and at his best this year in Promises [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Kruithof
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]
), Lyna Khoudri (who scooped 2020’s Best Emerging Actress César via Papicha [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Mounia Meddour
film profile
]
, following the Orizzonti’s Best Actress award in Venice 2017 for Blessed [+see also:
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]
, whose currently touring cinemas in Haute couture [+see also:
interview: Sylvie Ohayon
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and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Houria and the two-part film The Three Musketeers), Raphaël Personnaz (recently well-received in Persona non grata [+see also:
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) and Samir Guesmi (recently at his best in his directorial debut Ibrahim [+see also:
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).

Written by the novelist Kaouther Adimi alongside Rachid Bouchareb, the screenplay is said to be inspired by the story of Malik Oussekine, an affair of police violence which is believed to have caused the death of 22-year-old Malik Oussekine on the night of 5-6 December 1986, following several weeks of student protests against a university reform bill.

Nos frangins is produced by Rachid Bouchareb on behalf of 3B Productions, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma, Le Pacte and Wild Bunch. Pre-purchased by France Télévisions, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys support from the CNC and its Images de la Diversité fund, as well as from the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the French Gironde and Charente-Maritime departments, and the SOFICA companies Cinémage and Cofinova. Currently unfolding in Bordeaux for a duration of 33 days, filming will wrap with a week spent in Paris in mid-December, with Guillaume Deffontaines (nominated for the 2017 César in his speciality by way of Slack Bay [+see also:
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trailer
Q&A: Bruno Dumont
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]
) heading up photography. Distribution in France will be managed by Le Pacte, and international sales by Wild Bunch.

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