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EXCLUSIVE: Hiam Abbass and Dali Benssalah are filming Meursault contre-enquête

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- Nabil Asli, Amina Ben Ismaïl, Raphaël Thiéry and Grégoire Monsaingeon also star in Malek Bensmaïl’s first fiction film, steered by Tita B Productions and Hikayet Films

EXCLUSIVE: Hiam Abbass and Dali Benssalah are filming Meursault contre-enquête
Actress Hiam Abbass (© AgencesArtistiques.com) and actor Dali Benssalah (© Arno Lam)

Since 19 September, Malek Bensmaïl, who’s well-known for his documentaries (including La Chine est encore loin, Checks and Balances and Aliénations), has been shooting his first fiction feature film Meursault contre-enquête, a project previously halted in May 2022 due to the passing of Ahmed Benaïssa.

Starring in the cast are Hiam Abbass (nominated for the 2018 Best Actress Lumière thanks to In Syria [+see also:
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and for the 2008 European Film Award on account of Lemon Tree [+see also:
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, and recently seen in Gaza mon amour [+see also:
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, the series Succession and the documentary Bye Bye Tiberias [+see also:
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), rising star Dali Benssalah (well-received in All Your Faces [+see also:
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, Athena [+see also:
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, The Last Queen [+see also:
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and La Traviata, My Brothers and I [+see also:
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), Nabil Asli (The Repentant [+see also:
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, Harragas [+see also:
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), Amina Ben Ismaïl (Bitter Sugar and soon to be seen in Another End), Raphaël Thiéry (The Dreamer [+see also:
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), Grégoire Monsaingeon (Wild Seas [+see also:
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) and Stéphanie Cosserat.

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Written by Malek Bensmaïl and Jacques Fieschi (awarded 2021’s Best Adaptation César for Lost Illusions [+see also:
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and nominated a further four times) based on Kamel Daoud’s novel of the same name, the story is set in Oran in 1996, when elderly, retired bachelor Haroun tells a young journalist an incredible story dating back to the summer of 1942: he claims to be the brother of the "Nameless Arab" killed in Albert Camus’ famous novel…

Meursault contre-enquête is produced by Fred Prémel on behalf of Tita B Productions and by Hachemi Zertal for Algerian firm Hikayet Films, in co-production with Belgium’s Need Productions and Switzerland’s Imagofilm. Notably backed by the CNC (via an advance on receipts and the Fonds Images de la Diversité fund), the Ile-de-France region and Procirep, the movie will be shot over a four-week period in Oran, Algiers and Hadjout, wrapping on 13 October with Gilles Porte heading up photography. The film’s release in French cinemas will fall to Dulac Distribution.

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(Translated from French)

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