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Audrey Estrougo dives into the world of rap with Suprêmes

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- The director is shooting a Nord-Ouest Films production sold by WTFilms on the early days of French hip hop band NTM, starring Théo Christine and Sandor Funtek in the roles of JoeyStarr and Kool Shen

Audrey Estrougo dives into the world of rap with Suprêmes
Actors Théo Christine and Sandor Funtek

On 5 August, filming commenced on Suprêmes, Audrey Estrougo’s 6th full-length movie after Ain’t Scared [+see also:
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(uncovered in the 2008 Berlinale Forum), Leila [+see also:
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(2011), Une histoire banale [+see also:
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(2014), Jailbirds [+see also:
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(which earned itself a 2017 Magritte nomination in the Best Supporting Actress category) and A la folie (whose release date is yet to be confirmed).

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Standing tall in the cast are Théo Christine (who made his mark in the series Skam France and whom we’ll be seeing in French cinemas on 28 October by way of My Best Part [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Maury
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]
), Sandor Funtek (who drew particular attention in Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
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]
and Nico, 1988 [+see also:
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interview: Susanna Nicchiarelli
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]
not to mention Our Wonderful Lives [+see also:
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interview: Fabienne Godet
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]
, and is soon to be toplining Kandisha), Vini Vivarelli, César Chouraqui (The Origin of Violence [+see also:
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) and Félix Lefebvre (Summer of 85 [+see also:
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).

Written by the director and Marcia Romano (nominated for 2016’s Best Screenplay César via Standing Tall [+see also:
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), with contributions from JoeyStarr, Kool Shen and DJ S., the story kicks off in France in the 1990s. Increasingly violent confrontations between the police and the projects rage on, but some choose hip hop as a means to express rebellion. Two youngsters from Seine-Saint-Denis, Didier Morville and Bruno Lopez, swiftly become (under their artistic names JoeyStarr and Kool Shen) the spokespeople for an entire generation. This heralds the birth of rap, the birth of a band: Suprême NTM.

Produced by Christophe Rossignon and Philip Boëffard on behalf of Nord-Ouest Films, Suprêmes is co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and by Belgian group Artémis Productions. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Île-de-France and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions, and the backing of the SOFICA company Cofimage. Distribution in France is entrusted to Sony Pictures Entertainment with international sales steered by WTFilms.

For the record, other recent works in the Nord-Ouest repertoire include In the Name of the Land [+see also:
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by Édouard Bergeon, Amanda [+see also:
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interview: Mikhaël Hers
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by Mikhaël Hers and, in post-production, Pour le meilleur et pour le pire by Stéphane Brizé (read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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