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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Reda Kateb steps behind the cameras for Sur un fil

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- Aloïse Sauvage, Philippe Rebbot, Jean-Philippe Buzaud, Sara Giraudeau and Samir Guesmi star in the cast of the French actor-turned-director’s first feature film, steered by Pyramide Productions

Reda Kateb steps behind the cameras for Sur un fil
Actor-director Reda Kateb (© Georges Biard)

Reda Kateb (nominated for the 2018 and 2020 Best Actor Cesars and recently seen in Our Brothers [+see also:
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) has been shooting his first feature-length directorial effort, Sur un fil, since 3 April. The neo-filmmaker (who previously directed the short film Pitchoune, discovered in the 2015 Directors’ Fortnight) has assembled a cast composed of Aloïse Sauvage (notably well-received in BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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, The Specials [+see also:
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and The Sitting Duck [+see also:
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), Philippe Rebbot (In the Move for Love [+see also:
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), Jean-Philippe Buzaud (an actor and a clown for the past thirty or so years), Sara Giraudeau (nominated for 2018’s Best Supporting Role Cesar via Bloody Milk [+see also:
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, notably at her best in The Bureau [+see also:
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and The Sixth Child [+see also:
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) and Samir Guesmi (nominated for 2012’s Best Supporting Role Cesar, and recently well-received in For My Country [+see also:
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, Ibrahim [+see also:
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and Our Brothers), who’ll also be joined by a host of non-professional actors.

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Loosely based on Caroline Simonds and Bernie Warren’s book Le Rire Médecin - Journal du Docteur Girafe, the story, penned by Reda Kateb and Fadette Drouard (nominated for 2018’s Best Adaptation Cesar via Patients [+see also:
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), revolves around Jo, a young street circus artist who finds out about the work of the professional clowns belonging to the "Nez pour rire" association. Quickly – perhaps too quickly – becoming a part of the group herself, Jo finds herself in hospital in the company of children, sick people and families for whom these clowns work tirelessly to bring comfort and joy…

Sur un fil is produced by Robin Boespflug-Vonier and Stéphane Parthenay on behalf of Pyramide Productions. The movie has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Amazon Prime Video, and enjoys the support of the SOFICA companies Cofinova and La Banque Postale Image. Scheduled over seven weeks, shooting is unfolding in Paris with Sébastien Goepfert (A Tale of Love and Desire [+see also:
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, Slumlord [+see also:
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) heading up photography and  is due to wrap on 25 May. Distribution in French cinemas in entrusted to Universal Pictures International France.

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(Translated from French)

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