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Lina El Arabi to lead the cast of Les meilleures

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- The acting revelation who made her name in A Wedding will be flanked by Esther Bernet in Marion Desseigne Ravel’s first feature film, a 31 Juin Films and Tripode production sold by Le Pacte

Lina El Arabi to lead the cast of Les meilleures
Actress Lina El Arabi (© Giornate degli Autori)

12 August will see filming begin in Paris on Marion Desseigne Ravel’s first full-length picture: Les meilleures. The director, who studied at La Fémis and who already has a number of short films under her belt (the last of which, Fatiya, was presented in the national competition section of Clermont-Ferrand this year), will be bringing together Lina El Arabi (winner of Angoulême’s 2017 Best Actress Valois for A Wedding [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Stephan Streker
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, also well received in Eye on Juliet) and Esther Bernet, both of whom will be leading the cast of what is announced by the director to be a romantic film

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Written by Marion Desseigne Ravel herself, the plot is summarised as follows by the main character’s inner voice: "on a wall in my street, someone has graffitied the words: 'the first one to fall in love has lost'. Personally, I think it’s true. Because afterwards, everyone talks about you. Because afterwards, you’re at the mercy of it, you think about it all the time, and the world seems upside down. I’ve lost. I’m in love with a girl and I don’t know what to do… "

Produced by Agnès Vallée and Emmanuel Barraux on behalf of 31 Juin Films and by Delphine Schmit for Tripode Productions, Les meilleures is co-produced and has been pre-purchased by France 2 Cinéma. It has also been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and is supported by the film foundation Fondation Gan pour le Cinéma, as well as the Sofica companies Cinécap and Cineventure. Desseigne Ravel’s feature film will be shot in Paris over the course of seven weeks, with Lucile Mercier in charge of photography. French distribution and worldwide sales will be entrusted to Le Pacte.

For the record, previous works produced by 31 Juin Films include Hippocrate [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Thomas Lilti
film profile
]
(along with the series of the same name, with filming on the second season due to kick of in January next year), Irreplaceable [+see also:
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]
and The Freshmen [+see also:
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trailer
film profile
]
by Thomas Lilti.

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(Translated from French)

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