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Teenagers confronted with real life in No and Me

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Teenagers confronted with real life in No and Me

As winter approaches and there are increasing numbers of homeless people on the streets of major French cities, Zabou Breitman has chosen to tackle this social issue through the prism of adolescence in her fourth feature: No and Me [+see also:
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. Adapted from Delphine Le Vigan’s novel of the same name, the film is being launched today by Diaphana on 196 screens and will try to find its audience amid a huge bottleneck of 21 new releases.

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The latest feature by the director of Try To Remember [+see also:
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and Someone I Loved [+see also:
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stars Nina Rodriguez, Julie-Marie Parmentier, Bernard Campan, Antonin Chalon and Breitman. It centres on the encounter and friendship between 13-year-old Lou, the only daughter of a couple suffering from depression since the death of their baby, and Nora, an unpredictable 18-year-old homeless girl.

Breitman explained: "I thought it rang very true this story of a gifted teenager, with the often violent emotional gaps sometimes seen in precocious children. A teenager who wants to save the world like all teens and at the same time her own world".

"I met some girls in No’s situation (…) A first draft of the screenplay was shown to some youth workers, people who work in charity associations and are in contact with homeless people. They helped us improve some of the dialogues (…) I then looked for some actresses (…): the contrast between these girls’ youthfulness and the harshness, the toughness of their life is fundamental. They’re not yet deeply marked, some still have baby faces.”

Produced by Epithète Films in co-production with France 3 Cinéma and pre-bought by Orange Cinéma Séries, No and Me is sold internationally by Roissy Films.

This Wednesday’s new releases also include Jean-Pierre Pozzi and Pierre Barougier’s outstanding documentary Just A Beginning (see – Le Pacte on 61 screens). French cinema is also represented by Angelo Cianci’s social comedy Top Floor, Left Wing [+see also:
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(see newsMemento Films Distribution on 33 screens); Pierre Vinour’s original dreamlike thriller Magma [+see also:
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(see news – distributed by Les Enragés); Julien Baillargeon’s Opération 118318, Sévices Clients (“Operation 118318, Client Abuse”, Artédis); and Fouad Benhammou’s horror film The Village of Shadows [+see also:
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(DistriB Films on 136 screens).

Other European releases are Sergey Loznitsa’s fascinating My Joy [+see also:
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(in competition at Cannes – see review – distributed by ARP Sélection on 10 screens); Spanish director Oskar Santos’s For the Good of Others [+see also:
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(unveiled in the Berlinale Panorama – see reviewCTV International); Emily Atef’s German feature The Stranger In Me [+see also:
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(shown in Cannes Critics’ Week 2008 – see reviewJour2Fête on five screens); and René Bo Hansen’s German/Swedish co-production Eagle Hunter’s Son (Les Films du Préau).

This Wednesday’s bumper line-up is completed by two documentaries: Luc Joulé and Sébastien Jousse’s Cheminots (“Railway Workers”, distributed by Shellac); and Raed Andoni’s Fix Me [+see also:
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(Sophie Dulac Distribution).

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(Translated from French)

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