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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Kung Fu Zohra enters the home straight

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- The new film currently being shot by Mabrouk El Mechri - a Les Films du Kiosque production sold by Gaumont – gathers together a cast composed of Sabrina Ouazani, Ramzy Bedia and Eye Haïdara

Kung Fu Zohra enters the home straight
Director Mabrouk El Mechri

Having kicked off on 8 June, filming on Kung Fu Zohra by Mabrouk El Mechri is now set to wrap on 31 July at the Épinay Studios. This will be the filmmaker’s 4th feature film following on from Virgil (2005), JCVD [+see also:
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(2008) and the American work The Cold Light of Day (2012). Also the focus of much acclaim for the series Maison close and Nox, the director is uniting the likes of Sabrina Ouazani (revealed in Games of Love and Chance [+see also:
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, especially impressive in The Past [+see also:
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, May Allah Bless France [+see also:
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and Close Enemies [+see also:
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, and whom we’ll soon be seeing in Mica), popular actor Ramzy Bedia (at his best in South Terminal [+see also:
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and Vandal [+see also:
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, among other works, and currently touring cinemas in Tout simplement noir [+see also:
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and, as of 29 July, in T’as pécho?) and Eye Haïdara (nominated for the Best Supporting Rôle César in 2018 and for the Best Newcomer Lumières Award thanks to her performance in C’est La Vie! [+see also:
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) in the cast of his latest opus.

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Written by El Mechri himself, the screenplay centres around Zohra who is convinced that separating from her husband Omar would break her little girl’s heart and so determines not to leave him despite the violence he metes out. Then she meets Chang Sue, the caretaker of the gym where she works to make ends meet. When she learns that he’s a kung fu master, Zohra asks him to teach her some self-defence basics…

Produced by 
François Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne on behalf of Les Films du Kiosque, Kung Fu Zohra is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and Gaumont (with the latter also distributing the film in France and steering international sales). Pre-purchased by Canal+, France Télévisions and TMC, the movie is being shot in its entirety in the Épinay Studios in the Ile-de-France region, with Pierre-Yves Bastard heading up photography.

For the record, other recent works coming via Les Films du Kiosque include the big hits How To Be A Good Wife [+see also:
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and La Belle Époque [+see also:
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by Martin Provost and Nicolas Bedos respectively. This summer should also see the production house wrap filming on Emmanuelle Bercot’s De son vivant (on which shooting was suspended back in November on account of Catherine Deneuve’s health issues).

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(Translated from French)

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