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Filming to commence in June on Hamé and Ekoué’s Rue des Dames

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- Garance Marillier and Sandor Funtek lead the cast of the rapping duo’s second feature, produced by La Rumeur Filme

Filming to commence in June on Hamé and Ekoué’s Rue des Dames
Directors Hamé and Ekoué

The first clapperboard is set to slam on 14 June for Rue des Dames, the second feature film by Mohamed "Hamé" Bourokba and Ekoué Labitey following on from Paris Prestige [+see also:
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(awarded the 2016 FIPRESCI Prize in Turin, notably screened at the Tokyo and Seattle Film Festivals and further honoured with the Filmmakers’ Jury Prize at the MyFrenchFilmFestival in 2018). Forming the backbone of French hip-hop group La Rumeur, the duo are thus continuing their adventures in the world of film (Hamé’s short film This Path Ahead was screened in Cannes’ Official Selection in 2012), with their new opus which boasts lead characters played by rising stars Garance Marillier (nominated for 2018’s Best New Hope César by way of Raw [+see also:
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, recently seen in Madame Claude [+see also:
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) and Sandor Funtek (unearthed in Blue is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, especially well-received in Nico, 1988 [+see also:
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and Truk [+see also:
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, and hitting screens next year in Suprêmes), who will be joined by Virginie Acariès (much remarked in Truk), among other names.

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Written by the two directors, the story homes in on Mia, a 25-year-old Parisian who works in a nail bar on Rue des Dames. Unbeknownst to her employer and in exchange for money, she arranges access, for some of the salon’s female clients, to sought-after parties attended by high-profile footballers…

Rue des Dames is produced by La Rumeur Filme and co-produced by Les Films du Cercle, Mare & Monti Films and France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+, the feature film also enjoys the support of the Ile-de-France region (where filming will unfold between 14 June and 23 July) and the CNC’s Images de la Diversité fund. Distribution in French cinemas will be managed by The Jokers Films.

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(Translated from French)

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