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Isabelle Huppert now filming Promises

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- Reda Kateb and Naidra Ayadi also star in the cast of Thomas Kruithof’s second feature film, which is produced by 24 25 Films and sold by Elle Driver

Isabelle Huppert now filming Promises
Actress Isabelle Huppert

Thomas Kruithof has kicked off filming in the Paris region on his second full-length work: Promises [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Kruithof
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. Discovered via The Eavesdropper [+see also:
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(2017), the filmmaker has drawn together a cast composed of Isabelle Huppert (recently well-received in Mama Weed [+see also:
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and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Joan and Caravaggio’s Shadow), Reda Kateb (the winner of 2015’s Best Supporting Role César for Hippocrates [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Thomas Lilti
film profile
]
, who was also nominated for the Best Actor César in 2018 and in 2020 for Django [+see also:
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Q&A: Etienne Comar
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and The Specials [+see also:
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; recently at his best in The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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) and Naidra Ayadi (crowned Best Female New Hope at the 2012 Césars thanks to Poliss [+see also:
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interview: Maïwenn
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]
; likewise drawing attention in the series Black Spot).

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Written by Thomas Kruithof and Jean-Baptiste Delafon (of the series Baron noir), the story revolves around Clémence, a committed and pugnacious mayor in the Parisian suburbs who is completing the final few months of her political career. Helped by her brilliant and faithful right-hand-man Yazid, she fights passionately for her town plagued by inequality, unemployment and slumlords. But when Clémence is approached to become a minister, her ambitions are roused, raising questions over her devotion and commitment to her citizens. Will her political integrity and election promises survive this newly found ambition?

Promises is produced by Thibault Gast and Matthias Weber on behalf of 24 25 Films (who are already helming The Eavesdropper) in co-production with France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Ile-de-France region (where filming will proceed until 23 December, with Alex Lamarque in charge of photography), as well as the SOFICA company Indéfilms. Distribution in France will be managed by Wild Bunch with international sales in the hands of Elle Driver.

For the record, 24 25 Films - who recently gave us A Perfect Man [+see also:
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(2015), among other works - are launching Yann Gozlan’s thriller Black Box [+see also:
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in cinemas next year (starring Pierre Niney at the head of the cast and released by StudioCanal on 17 March), alongside François Desagnat’s comedy Zaï Zaï Zaï Zaï (starring Jean-Paul Rouve, Julie Depardieu and Ramzy Bedia, and distributed by Apollo Films), and have recently kicked off post-production on Le Test by Emmanuel Poulain-Arnaud (read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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