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Shoot about to kick off for Steve Achiepo’s Le marchand de sable

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- The cast of this film, which is being produced by Barney Production and co-produced by The Jokers, includes Moussa Mansaly, Mamadou Minté, Aïssa Maïga and Ophélie Bau

Shoot about to kick off for Steve Achiepo’s Le marchand de sable
Actor-director Steve Achiepo (© Céline Nieszawer)

The first clapperboard is set to slam in the Paris region on 19 January for Le marchand de sable (lit. “The Sandman”), the directorial feature debut by Steve Achiepo (who turned heads as an actor in Everything Now [+see also:
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), which comes on the heels of several short films, such as Le jour de ton jour, À la source and As a Team.

Among the cast we find Moussa Mansaly (popular in movies such as Step by Step [+see also:
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]
, School Life [+see also:
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interview: Zita Hanrot
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]
and Miss [+see also:
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]
, as well as the series Validé), Mamadou Minté (glimpsed in A Prophet [+see also:
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interview: Jacques Audiard
interview: Jacques Audiard and Tahar R…
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]
and The Woman in the Fifth [+see also:
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]
), Aïssa Maïga (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2007 for The Court [+see also:
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]
, and giving strong performances in titles such as L’écume des jours [+see also:
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interview: Michel Gondry
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]
, Corniche Kennedy [+see also:
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interview: Dominique Cabrera
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]
and Il a déjà tes yeux [+see also:
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), Ophélie Bau (Lumières Award for Best New Actress in 2019 and nominated the same year for the César Award for Most Promising Actress for Mektoub My Love: Canto Uno [+see also:
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]
; set to grace screens imminently in Rascal [+see also:
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interview: Peter Dourountzis
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]
) and Mariama Gueye (The Climb [+see also:
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]
). It’s also worth noting that Richard Berry (nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 1993 and glimpsed recently in Number One [+see also:
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]
) will also make an appearance.

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Written by Achiepo himself and Romy Coccia Di Ferro, the story (which was read out at the Premiers Plans Festival in Angers) is set in 2011. Scarred by so many years spent in prison, Djo is now a delivery driver in the town of Cergy. As the crisis erupts in Ivory Coast, he finds himself having to secretly take in some of his family members. The prospect of providing a better life for his daughter gradually causes him to get caught up in a chain of events which he will have no control over…

Produced by Saïd Hamich Benlarbi for Barney Production, Le marchand de sable is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and The Jokers (which will handled the French distribution). The feature, which has been pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France 2, also secured support from the CNC’s Images de la diversité fund as well as getting backing from the Manon Sofica. As a reminder, the project also emerged triumphant at the Emergence Cinéma and Le Groupe Ouest residencies. The six-week shoot will take place until 2 March in the Paris region, with Sébastien Goepfert (You Will Die at 20 [+see also:
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interview: Amjad Abu Alala
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]
) serving as DoP. The international sales will be overseen by Orange Studio.

As a reminder, Barney Production has Zanka Contact [+see also:
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]
by Ismaël El Iraki (singled out for the Best Actress Award in Venice’s Orizzonti last year and for a Special Mention at Cinemed in Montpellier), Return to Bollene [+see also:
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by producer Saïd Hamich himself (shortlisted for the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best Debut Feature in 2018) and Much Loved [+see also:
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]
by Nabil Ayouch (2015 Directors’ Fortnight) under its belt, among other films.

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(Translated from French)

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