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Our Ties by Roschdy Zem in the running for the Golden Lion

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- The director stars alongside Sami Bouajila and Maïwenn (with whom he wrote the script) in this Why Not and Hole In One Films production sold by Wild Bunch International

Our Ties by Roschdy Zem in the running for the Golden Lion
Roschdy Zem and Sami Bouajila in Our Ties

Flying under the radar of all festival forecasters, Our Ties by Roschdy Zem will have its world premiere in competition at the 79th Venice Film Festival (31 August - 10 September). This is the actor’s 6th film as a director, following Bad Faith [+see also:
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(nominated for the 2007 Best Feature Debut César award), Omar Killed Me [+see also:
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(nominated at the 2012 César awards for Best Adaptation and Best Actor), Bodybuilder [+see also:
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(2014), Chocolat [+see also:
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(1,9 million tickets sold in France and five nominations at the 2017 César awards, where it won the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Best Production Design) and Persona non grata [+see also:
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(2019).

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Heading the cast is the director himself (winner of the 2020 César and Lumières awards for Best Actor for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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, Best Actor in Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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, and soon to appear in Competition on the Lido in Other People's Children by Rebecca Zlotowski), Sami Bouajila (winner of the 2021 César and Lumières awards for A Son [+see also:
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interview: Mehdi M Barsaoui and Sami B…
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for which he also won the Best Actor award in Venice’s Orizzonti section in 2019; also Best Actor in Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory) and Maïwenn. Also standing out in the cast are Meriem Serbah, Rachid Bouchareb, Abel Jafri, Nina Zem, Carl Malapa, Anaïde Rozam and Lila Fernandez.

Written by Roschdy Zem and Maïwenn, the script centres on Moussa who has always been kind, selfless and there for his family — unlike his brother Ryad, a high-profile TV presenter who is widely criticised for his egocentricity by those around him. His only defender is Moussa, who feels a great admiration for his brother. One day, an accidental fall leaves Moussa with severe brain trauma. Now unrecognisable, he talks without any filter, delivering brutal home truths to friends and family alike, and ends up falling out with everyone – except Ryad… 

Produced by Why Not Productions and Hole In One Films, Our Ties was pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+. The film’s director of photography is Julien Poupard. The film will be released in French cinemas on 23 November by Le Pacte and international sales are handled by Wild Bunch International.

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(Translated from French)

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