PRODUZIONE / FINANZIAMENTI Francia / Marocco
HLM Pussy di Nora El Hourch in post-produzione
- Bérénice Bejo e i giovani Leah Aubert, Medina Diarra e Salma Takaline nel cast del primo lungometraggio della regista, prodotto da Manny Films e venduto da Memento International
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After a four-week film shoot in Sens in October, Nora El Hourch’s debut feature film HLM Pussy is now in post-production. Highly remarked upon for her short film Quelques secondes (unveiled in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2015 before screening in Toronto and at the BFI London Film Festival, among other events), the filmmaker has assembled a cast including Bérénice Bejo (awarded the Best Actress trophy in Cannes 2013 for The Past [+leggi anche:
scheda film], as well as a César in the same category in 2012 and a nomination for the Best Supporting Role Oscar in the same year for The Artist [+leggi anche:
intervista: Michel Hazanavicius
scheda film]; recently seen in Toronto and Rome via The Hummingbird [+leggi anche:
intervista: Benedetta Porcaroli
scheda film]) and youngsters Leah Aubert, Medina Diarra (The African Doctor [+leggi anche:
scheda film]) and Salma Takaline.
Written by Nora El Hourch herself, together with Eléonore Gurrey (who co-penned The Worst Ones [+leggi anche:
intervista: Romane Gueret e Lise Akoka
scheda film]), the story revolves around Amina, Djeneba and Zineb, three inseparable teens who post a video on social media challenging the person who attacked one of them: a kingpin on a local housing estate. The film explores the consequences of this militant act, as well as issues around social class and identity, and highlights the social and cultural divide which exists between the three friends. They will need to choose between saving their friendship or giving into pressure… Bérénice Bejo plays the lawyer mother of one of the three college girls.
HLM Pussy is produced by Philippe Gompel on behalf of Manny Films, in co-production with Moroccan firm La Prod (Lamia Chraibi). Pre-purchased by Amazon Prime Video, the movie also enjoys support from the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region, where the film in its entirety was shot, with Maxence Lemonnier in charge of photography. Sales are steered by Memento International while distribution in French cinemas falls to Paname Distribution.
For the record, Manny Films recently co-produced the American movie Cherry by French director Sophie Galibert (awarded the Online Premieres Audience Award at this year’s Tribeca Festival). The French firm are also involved in Titanic Ocean by Greece’s Konstantina Kotzamani, a production which has just received support from Eurimages (read our news), which involves five European countries (Greece, France, Romania, Germany and Spain), and on which filming is due to kick off in the spring.
(Tradotto dal francese)
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