Leyla Bouzid is about to start filming Une histoire d’amour et de désir
by Fabien Lemercier
- Sami Outalbali and Zbeida Belhajamor star in the second feature from the director of As I Open My Eyes. A Blue Monday production sold by Pyramide
On 14 October, shooting will begin on Une histoire d’amour et de désir (lit. A Story of Love and Desire), Leyla Bouzid’s second feature, following As I Open My Eyes [+see also:
interview: Leyla Bouzid
film profile] (winner of the audience award and Label Europa Cinemas award at Venice’s Giornate degli Autori in 2015, screened in Toronto and runner up for the LUX prize from the European Parliament). Heading the cast are Sami Outalbali (seen recently at the Angoulême Festival in Lola [+see also:
interview: Laurent Micheli
film profile], out in French cinemas on 27 November) and Zbeida Belhajamor.
Written by the director, the film paints the portrait of Ahmed, a young French man of Algerian origins, at the crucial moment of his sexual awakening. Through his decisive encounters with Farah, a young woman who has just arrived from Tunis, and with Arab erotic literature, he will emancipate himself and question what he believed to be his roots.
Produced by Sandra da Fonseca for Blue Monday Productions (a company headed by Bertrand Gore and Nathalie Mesuret), Une histoire d’amour et de désir is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Pre-bought by Arte France, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also supported by an advance on earnings from the CNC and by Sofica Cinémage. It has also benefited from scriptwriting grants from the Basse Normandie region and from the Groupe Ouest. The eight weeks of shooting will take place from 14 October to 10 December in Paris and its surroundings, with Sébastien Goepfert (You Will Die at 20 [+see also:
interview: Amjad Abu Alala
film profile]) as Director of Photography. French distribution and international sales will be handled by Pyramide.
For the record, Blue Monday Productions recently produced Léonor Serraille’s Montparnasse Bienvenüe [+see also:
interview: Léonor Serraille
film profile] (Caméra d’Or winner at the International Cannes Film Festival in 2017) and Nadir Moknèche’s Lola Pater [+see also:
film profile] (revealed on the Piazza Grande in Locarno that same year). Standing out in post-production are Christophe Blanc’s Just Kids (starring Kacey Mottet Klein and Anamaria Vartolomei - read the news) and Vero Cratzborn’s Les Châtelains (read the news).
(Translated from French by Elena Lazic)
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