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Chad Chenouga is shooting Le Principal, starring Roschdy Zem

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- The actor is flanked by cast members Yolande Moreau and Marina Hands in this film steered by Why Not Productions, on which shooting has just commenced

Chad Chenouga is shooting Le Principal, starring Roschdy Zem
Actor Roschdy Zem

Chad Chenouga has been in Mulhouse since 20 April shooting Le Principal, his 3rd feature film after 17 rue Bleue (gracing Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present line-up in 2001) and Do It Right [+see also:
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(earning a nomination for Best Male Newcomer at the 2018 Lumières Awards). Dazzling in the cast are Roschdy Zem (who won the Best Actor César award and Lumières trophy in 2020 for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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, is currently viewable on Netflix in Madame Claude [+see also:
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and who just wrapped filming on Rebecca Zlotowski’s Les enfants des autres), Belgium’s Yolande Moreau (nominated for this year’s Best Supporting Role César thanks to How To Be A Good Wife [+see also:
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) and Marina Hands (the winner of 2007’s Best Actress César, recently well-received in the series Mythomaniac and hitting screens in The Big Hit on 1 September).

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Written by Chad Chenouga and Christine Paillard (a duo who previously teamed up to pen Do It Right), the story revolves around Sabri who is on his way to becoming headteacher but currently holds the position of deputy head at a high school where his ex-wife Noémie also teaches, and where Naël, their 14-year-old son, is finishing year 10. Strict and not particularly sociable, the only person Sabri really gets on with is Estelle, his superior who is close to retiring and with whom he shares a love of literature. Even though Naël is a good pupil and happy in his skin, Sabri continues to pressure him over his end of school exams. He invests everything into his son’s success and is determined that Naël shouldn’t have to experience the same issues that Sabri himself faced in the past. On the eve of the exam, with the exam papers in his office, Sabri just can’t resist opening that envelope…

Produced by Pascal Caucheteux on behalf of Why Not Productions, Le Principal is co-produced by Hole in One and notably enjoys the support of the Grand Est region. Filming will continue in Mulhouse until 3 June, with the full list of partners due to be unveiled at a later date.

For the record, Why Not Productions is currently overseeing post production on Deception [+see also:
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by Arnaud Desplechin, as well as helming pre-production on Desplechin’s next feature film (Frère et Sœur – starring Marion Cotillard and Melvin Poupaud - news). Stealing similar focus on the firm’s post-production slate are La Croisade [+see also:
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by Louis Garrel and Sans filtres by Roschdy Zem (shot at the beginning of the year in the strictest of secrecy and starring Sami Bouajila and Maïwenn in lead roles).

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(Translated from French)

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