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Romain Gavras’ Moussa completes filming

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- Produced by Iconoclast Films for Netflix and co-written with Ladj Ly, the 3rd feature film from the French director stars Dali Benssalah, Anthony Bajon, Ouassini Embarek and Alexis Manenti

Romain Gavras’ Moussa completes filming
Director Romain Gavras

After two months of filming in the Parc aux Lièvres neighbourhood in Évry-Courcouronnes, in the outlying Paris suburbs, in a housing project chosen by the director for its airs of “fortified castle” and its atmosphere “rather timeless within a very contemporary environment,” Romain GavrasMoussa is now in post-production.

The cast of this 3rd feature from the director of Our Day Will Come [+see also:
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(2010) and The World Is Yours [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2018) includes rising star Dali Benssalah (a revelation in the series Savages [+see also:
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, appreciated recently in Cannes in La Traviata, My Brothers and I [+see also:
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, currently in cinemas in No Time To Die [+see also:
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and next year in La ligne and Tropique de la violence), the now well-known Anthony Bajon (winner of the Best Actor award in Berlin in 2018 for The Prayer [+see also:
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, well-received in Venice in Another World [+see also:
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and currently in cinemas in The Third War [+see also:
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), Ouassini Embarek, Alexis Manenti (winner of the 2020 César for Most Promising Actor for his role in Les misérables [+see also:
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, seen recently in San Sebastián in Undercover [+see also:
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and in cinemas in 2022 in L’amour selon Dalva) and Sami Slimane.

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Written by Roman Gavras, Ladj Ly (nominated for the 2020 Best Screenplay César and Lumière awards) and Elias Belkeddar (My Days of Glory [+see also:
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), the script, whose details are kept under wraps, plunges at the heart of tensions between policemen and young people of the banlieue. 

Moussa is produced by Iconoclast Films directly for Netflix, which has significantly increased its contribution to the French film industry as part of the entry into force in France since 1 July 2021 of the Smad decree that includes funding obligations for SVOD platforms (20% or 25% of their turnover in France must go towards the production of cinematic and audiovisual works that are European or of French origin  — of which at least 20% must go towards films). Some tensions remains however, as the new media chronology (which dictates the rhythm of films’ screening windows across various types of media) that was supposed to come with said reform is still in limbo (because it depends on the result of interprofessional negotiations where the interests and demands of cinemas, pay-TV broadcasters such as Canal+, free TV channels and SVOD platforms are very difficult to reconcile). 

Among its other directly-produced French films, Netflix also has Louis Leterrier’s Au-delà du périph (the sequel to On the Other Side of the Tracks [+see also:
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, released in 2012), currently in post-production and starring Omar Sy and Laurent Lafitte, and BigBug by Jean-Pierre Jeunet. The streaming platform will also launch on 24 October the comedy 8, rue de l'Humanité, created by and starring Dany Boon. It has also already greenlit the sequel to Balle perdue by Guillaume Pierret.

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(Translated from French)

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