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Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh shooting Gagarine

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- Alséni Bathily, Jamil Mc Craven, Lyna Khoudri, Finnegan Oldfield, Farida Rahouadj and Denis Lavant are among the cast of this Haut et Court production being sold by Totem Films

Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh shooting Gagarine
Directors Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh (© Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh)

22 July marks the beginning of the shoot for Gagarine, the debut feature by Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh. Having made a splash with their short films Blue Dog (in national competition in Clermont-Ferrand this year and winner of the International Press Award at the MyFrenchFilmFestival) and La République des enchanteurs (winner of the Canal+ Award at Clermont-Ferrand in 2017), the duo of filmmakers have cast Alséni Bathily (on screen for the first time), Jamil Mc Craven (Nocturama [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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]
), Lyna Khoudri (winner of the Orizzonti Award at Venice in 2017 for her performance in Blessed [+see also:
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]
, a stand-out recently in Papicha [+see also:
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interview: Mounia Meddour
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]
at Cannes, where she was also seen in The Specials [+see also:
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]
, on screen next January in The Breitner Commando), Finnegan Oldfield (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2016 for Cowboys [+see also:
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]
and for a Lumière Award in the same category in 2017 for Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) [+see also:
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interview: Eva Husson
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]
, also popular in Nocturama, Reinventing Marvin [+see also:
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]
, We Need Your Vote [+see also:
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]
, Escape from Raqqa [+see also:
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), Farida Rahouadj (turning heads in Heavy Duty [+see also:
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]
and in the show Cannabis, among other credits) and Denis Lavant (nominated for the Best Actor César Award in 2013 for Holy Motors [+see also:
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interview: Leos Carax
film profile
]
, seen last year in The Night Eats the World [+see also:
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]
, One Nation, One King [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Schoeller
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]
and 3 Days in Quiberon [+see also:
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interview: Emily Atef
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]
).

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Written by Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh and Benjamin Charbit (nominated for the Best Original Screenplay César Award in 2019 for The Trouble With You [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Salvadori
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]
), the script centres on 17-year-old Youri, a native of the Gagarine housing project in Ivry-sur-Seine, who dreams of space conquest. While waiting for his mother’s return, he lives alone in a community that he’s always considered to be his family. But the dilapidated neighbourhood is threatened with demolition. Youri isn’t ready to leave this gigantic wall of red bricks that he’s always seen as his own spacecraft. Therefore, the closer the threat of eviction comes, the more he insists on fixing the place, on resisting, to save the neighbourhood at the risk of his own life…

Produced by Julie Billy and Carole Scotta for Haut et Court, Gagarine is being co-produced by France 3 Cinéma. Also pre-bought by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature benefits from the support of the CNC (via an advance on earnings and a grant for visual or audio creation with the use of visual or audio digital technologies), of the Ile-de-France region, and of the Manon and Indéfilms Soficas. The shoot will take place until 13 September in Ivry-sur-Seine, in the Gagarine housing project, which will be destroyed for real from 31 August. French distribution will be handled by Haut et Court and international sales by Totem Films.

Haut et Court also has, in post-production, Fabienne Berthaud’s A Bigger World [+see also:
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interview: Fabienne Berthaud
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]
 and Seules les bêtes [+see also:
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interview: Dominik Moll
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]
by Dominik Moll, which we should discover very soon at a major international festival; The County [+see also:
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interview: Grímur Hákonarson
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]
, by Icelandic director Grímur Hákonarson, which the Parisian company has co-produced; and Les Cahiers by Lebanese directors Joanna Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, selected in the Venice Gap-Financing Market of the forthcoming Venice Production Bridge (29 August-3 September).

(Translated from French)

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