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Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb to star in Hors norme

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- The two actors will topline the next film by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano, produced by Quad and Ten Films, and sold by Gaumont

Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb to star in Hors norme
Actors Vincent Cassel and Reda Kateb

The first clapperboard will slam in September for Hors norme (working title – lit. “Nonstandard”), the new comedy-drama by Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano. It is the seventh feature by the successful duo, following Let’s Be Friends (2005), Those Happy Days [+see also:
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 (2006), So Happy Together [+see also:
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 (2009), Untouchable [+see also:
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 (nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Foreign-language Film in 2013; grossing more than €313 million worldwide, nine nominations for the 2012 César Awards, including Best Film, and winning the Best Actor Award into the bargain), Samba [+see also:
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 (3.15 million admissions in France in 2014) and C’est la vie! [+see also:
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 (unveiled as the closing film at Toronto last year and screened in competition at San Sebastián, ten nominations for the 2018 César Awards, including in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay; more than 3 million admissions in French theatres).

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To topline the movie, the filmmakers will be summoning a pair of high-flying actors – namely, Vincent Cassel (César Award for Best Actor in 2009 for the diptych on gangster Jacques Mesrine, nominated for the same trophy in 1996, 2002 and 2016 for La HaineRead My Lips [+see also:
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 and My King [+see also:
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, and nominated for Best Supporting Actor in 2017 for It’s Only the End of the World [+see also:
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, very popular in films such as Black SwanEastern Promises [+see also:
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 and, more recently, at Cannes in The World Is Yours [+see also:
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) and Reda Kateb (nominated for the César and the Lumières Awards for Best Actor in 2018 for Django [+see also:
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, César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2015 for Hippocrates [+see also:
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, giving a fine performance in Far from Men [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens soon in Close Enemies and Le Chant du loup).

Written by the directorial duo themselves, the story revolves around Bruno and Malik, who have spent the last 20 years living in a world apart – the world of autistic children and teenagers. Within their two respective associations, they train young people from rough neighbourhoods to supervise cases that are classed as "extremely complex". And thus these two extraordinary characters forge an unusual alliance.

Produced by Quad (Nicolas Duval-Adassovsky) and Ten Films (Olivier Nakache and Éric Toledano’s own company), Hors norme will be co-produced by Gaumont and TF1 Films Production. The shoot will take place in Paris and the Paris region from September until November, with Antoine Sanier serving as DoP and Mathieu Vadepied in charge of the art direction. Gaumont will be in charge of distributing the film in France in October 2019 and will also oversee the international sales.

(Translated from French)

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