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Shooting soon to wrap on Baya Kasmi’s Youssef Salem a du succès

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- The end of filming is in sight for the filmmaker’s second feature, a Domino Films production sold by Charades and led by Ramzy Bedia, Noémie Lvovsky and Vimala Pons

Shooting soon to wrap on Baya Kasmi’s Youssef Salem a du succès
Actor Ramzy Bedia and actresses Noémie Lvovsky and Vimala Pons (© Georges Biard)

Shooting has entered the home straight for Youssef Salem a du succès, the second feature film directed by Baya Kasmi after I’m All Yours [+see also:
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(2015). The cast stars Ramzy Bedia (well-received in Cannes via Love Songs for Tough Guys [+see also:
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which hits cinemas on 29 September, also at his best in South Terminal [+see also:
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, among other works, and touring movie theatres as of March in Kung Fu Zohra and Men On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Noémie Lvovsky (seen last year in How To Be A Good Wife [+see also:
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, which won her another Best Supporting Role César nomination, and whom we’ll be seeing next year in Viens je t’emmène and L’envol) and Vimala Pons (recently well-received in After Blue [+see also:
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and How I Became a Superhero).

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Penned by the filmmaker alongside Michel Leclerc (a duo awarded the 2011 Best Original Screenplay César for The Names of Love [+see also:
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, with Baya Kasmi having previously earned herself a nomination in this same category in 2015 via Hippocrates [+see also:
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interview: Thomas Lilti
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), the story revolves around Youssef Salem, a novelist of Maghrebi origin who enjoys sudden, meteoric success following the publication of his book based on his family. But this success comes at a price… Whilst the right-thinking, Parisian literary circuit labels him a model of integration, others see him as a traitor. Transformed, in spite of himself, into the spokesperson for a cause which isn’t actually his, Youssef does everything he can to escape the pigeon-holes which others try to force him into…

Youssef Salem a du succès is produced by Stéphanie Bermann and Alex Dulguerian on behalf of Domino Films, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film enjoys support in the form of an advance on receipts, as well as backing from the Sud and the Pays de Martigues regions. Distribution in France will be handled by Tandem and international sales by Charades.

For the record, Domino Films will be releasing Une femme du monde by Cécile Ducrocq (starring Laure Calamy at the head of the cast - produced with Année Zéro) in French cinemas on 8 December.

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(Translated from French)

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