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Ismaël Ferroukhi shooting Mica

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- The director, who won the Best Debut Feature Award at Venice in 2004, is engrossed in his third feature, which is being co-produced by Elzévir

Ismaël Ferroukhi shooting Mica
Director Ismaël Ferroukhi

After an initial shooting session that took place from 26 January-14 February, principal photography for Mica by Ismaël Ferroukhi will pick up again in Casablanca from 26 March-14 April. Mica is the third feature by the director, who rose to fame with The Great Journey (Lion of the Future for Best Debut Feature at the Venice Film Festival in 2004) and subsequently secured a special screening in the Official Selection at Cannes with Free Men [+see also:
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in 2011. The cast of his new opus includes Sabrina Ouazani (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2005 for Games of Love and Chance [+see also:
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, also popular in titles such as The Past [+see also:
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May Allah Bless France [+see also:
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 and Close Enemies [+see also:
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, and set to grace screens from 27 February onwards in New Biz in the Hood! [+see also:
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), young actor Zakaria Inan and Azelarab Khagat.

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The story, written by Ismaël Ferroukhi and Fadette Drouard (nominated for the César Award for Best Adaptation in 2018 for Step by Step [+see also:
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), revolves around Mica, a kid from the slums who finds himself catapulted into a job as a handyman at a Casablanca tennis club frequented by the Moroccan elite. Willing to do anything to change his fate, he gets himself noticed by Sophia, a former champion who takes him under her wing…

Produced by Lamia Chraibi for Moroccan outfit La Prod, Mica is being co-produced by Paris-based firm Elzévir Films and has secured backing from the CCM (Moroccan Centre for Cinematography) and the AFAC (Arab Fund for Arts and Culture).

As a reminder, Elzévir Films has nearly 25 features under its belt, including the recent titles Party Girl [+see also:
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 (winner of the Caméra d'Or at Cannes in 2014), The Party’s Over [+see also:
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 by Marie Garel-Weiss (Golden Olive Tree for Best Film and Cineuropa Prize at Lecce last year) and Meltem [+see also:
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by Basile Doganis (see the article – due to be released in France on 13 March, courtesy of Jour2Fête).

(Translated from French)

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