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Far From Men: end of filming in sight for Viggo Mortensen

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- Last clap on Friday for David Oelhoffen’s film, an adaptation of Camus with Reda Kateb also in the cast. Nick Cave co-signs the music

Far From Men: end of filming in sight for Viggo Mortensen
Viggo Mortensen

On December 6, the eight weeks of filming will end for the second feature by David Oelhoffen: Far From Men. Revealed at the Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2007 with Nos retrouvailles [+see also:
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, the director once again tackles a duo or male protagonists, this time played by American star Viggo Mortensen and French rising star Reda Kateb (discovered in A Prophet [+see also:
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, appreciated in A moi seule, Silent Voices [+see also:
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and as a tortured terrorist in the opening of Zero Dark Thirty, in theatres in 2014 with Qui vive and Hippocrate) for a road movie through Algeria in 1954, based on the short story L’hôte from the compilation L’exil et le royaume by Albert Camus (Gallimard).

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Written by the director with Antoine Lacomblez, the screenplay focuses on two very different men who are forced to flee together through the peaks of the Algerian Atlas, as the rebellion rises in the valley. In the midst of a harsh winter, Daru (Viggo Mortensen), a recluse teacher, has to move Mohamed (Reda Kateb), a village dweller accused of murder. Chased by horsemen claiming blood law and colonizers with a grudge, the two men rebel. Together they will fight for their freedom.

Produced by Marc du Pontavice and Matthew Gledhill for One World Films, Far From Men is coproduced by Pathé (which will handle the French distribution and international sales) and Kaléo Films. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also backed by Backup Films, Indéfilms and Sofitvcine. Editing will be handled by Juliette Welfling (nominated for the Oscar in 2008 and five time winner of a César) and the music by Australian duo Nick Cave - Warren Ellis.

Created in 2006, One World Films notably produced Je t'aime, moi non plus [+see also:
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(1.2 million admissions in France and three César Awards in 2011) and War of the Buttons [+see also:
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(1.5 million spectators in France in 2011).

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(Translated from French)

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