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Zita Hanrot plays a whistleblower in Farid Bentoumi’s Rouge

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- The actress will be flanked by Sami Bouajila and Céline Sallette in the cast of the filmmaker’s second feature, which is being produced by Les Films Velvet and will be sold by WTFilms

Zita Hanrot plays a whistleblower in Farid Bentoumi’s Rouge
Actress Zita Hanrot

The first clapperboard will slam on 10 June for Rouge (lit. “Red”), the second feature by Farid Bentoumi, following the promising Good Luck Sam [+see also:
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 (which scooped the Audience Award at the Cinémed Festival in Montpellier in 2015). Toplining the director’s new opus, which tells the story of a whistleblower in a toxic chemical factory, will be Zita Hanrot (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2016 for Fatima [+see also:
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interview: Philippe Faucon
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]
, also popular in The Party’s Over [+see also:
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interview: Marie Garel-Weiss
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]
Paul Sanchez Is Back! [+see also:
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 and Breath of Life [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens in late August in La Vie scolaire), Sami Bouajila (Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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]
, nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2012 for Omar Killed Me [+see also:
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]
, César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2008 for The Witnesses [+see also:
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, popular in the recent titles Blessed [+see also:
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and Through the Fire [+see also:
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; and who is currently shooting La Terre et le sang) and Céline Sallette (Lumières Award for Best New Actress in 2012 and nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress the same year for House of Tolerance [+see also:
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interview: Adèle Haenel
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; giving strong performances in movies such as Corporate [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Silhol
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Golden Years [+see also:
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 and One of a Kind [+see also:
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; currently appearing in the series Vernon Subutex and set to grace screens from 24 April on in Losing It [+see also:
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).

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The story, written by Farid Bentoumi and Samuel Doux (The Prayer [+see also:
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interview: Cédric Kahn
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]
Fête de famille), revolves around Nour, who has just been hired as an in-house occupational nurse in a chemical factory, where she discovers that special arrangements exist between the management and her father, Slimane, a staff representative and the real backbone of the company. Lies about harmful, pollutive waste, hidden illnesses among the employees, accidents being covered up… Gradually, Nour will refuse to accept the way her father compromises his principles in order to preserve the image of the business, and she decides to blow the whistle…

Produced by Frédéric Jouve for Les Films Velvet (which has already been a partner on three short films by the director and his feature debut), Rouge will be co-produced by Belgian outfit Les Films du Fleuve and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Cinéma. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature will be shot from 10 June-27 July in Grenoble and Belgium. The French distribution will be handled by Ad Vitam, while the international sales will be entrusted to WTFilms.

As a reminder, the most noteworthy movies that Les Films Velvet currently has in post-production are An Easy Girl [+see also:
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interview: Rebecca Zlotowski
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]
by Rebecca Zlotowski, which may possibly be unveiled at Cannes, L'inspiratrice by Grégory Magne (see the article – toplined by Emmanuelle Devos) and Banlieusards by Kery James (a Netflix film, made in co-production with SRAB Films).

(Translated from French)

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