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Trois nuits par semaine explores love by way of a drag queen

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- Pablo Pauly, Hafsia Herzi and Romain Eck star in the cast of Florent Gouëlou’s first feature film, a Yukunkun production set to be sold by Pyramide

Trois nuits par semaine explores love by way of a drag queen
Actors Pablo Pauly, Hafsia Herzi and Cookie Kunty (Romain Eck)

15 February will see Florent Gouëlou commence filming in Paris on his new feature-length movie Trois nuits par semaine. A graduate of La Fémis’s directing faculty who has previously turned heads with short films such as Un homme mon fils (which won the Best Actor award at Clermont-Ferrand 2018) and Beauty Boys (scooping the Audience Award for Best French Short at the Champs-Elysées Film Festival 2020, and currently available to view online as part of the MyFrenchFilmFestival), the filmmaker has gathered together a cast composed of Pablo Pauly (nominated for the Best New Hope César and the Lumières Acting Revelation award in 2018 for Step By Step [+see also:
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, similarly well-received in Head Above Water [+see also:
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and Three Days and a Life [+see also:
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, to name just two, and set to hit screens this year in Garder ton nom), Hafsia Herzi (recently at her best in You Deserve a Lover [+see also:
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, Persona non grata [+see also:
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and Mektoub, My Love: Intermezzo [+see also:
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, and whom we’ll be seeing in 2021 in Madame Claude [+see also:
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) and Romain Eck (also known by the name of Cookie Kunty).

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Written by the director with the help of Raphaëlle Valbrune-Desplechin (nominated for the 2010 Best Screenplay César for her work on On Tour [+see also:
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), the story revolves around 29-year-old Baptiste, a manager at a FNAC store who’s in a relationship with Samia when he first makes the acquaintance of Cookie Kunty, a young drag queen from the Parisian night scene who immediately mesmerises our protagonist. Initially motivated by the idea of a photography project revolving around Cookie, he immerses himself into this world and learns everything there is to know about it, eventually embarking upon a relationship with Quentin, the young man behind the drag queen. Baptiste is overwhelmed by this encounter, which he keeps secret, and realises that it’s just as possible to desire a boy as it is the female character he embodies.

Produced by Nelson Ghrénassia for Yukunkun Productions (who are taking their first steps in the field of feature films, having just earned themselves a nomination for 2021’s Best Short Film César via Baltringue), Trois nuits par semaine has been pre-purchased by Ciné+ and benefits from an advance on receipts from the CNC. The movie also enjoys support from the Île-de-France, Grand-Est and South regions, as well as backing from the Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, the SOFICA companies Indéfilms and Cineventure, and the Gan Film Foundation. The feature film will be shot over six weeks, until 28 March, in Paris, Strasbourg and Marseille, with distribution in France and international sales both in the hands of Pyramide.

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(Translated from French)

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