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Shoot on the horizon for Cédric Jimenez’s BAC Nord

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- Gilles Lellouche, François Civil, Karim Leklou, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Kenza Fortas are among the cast of this Chi-Fou-Mi production being sold by StudioCanal

Shoot on the horizon for Cédric Jimenez’s BAC Nord
Actors Gilles Lellouche and François Civil, and actress Adèle Exarchopoulos

The first clapperboard is set to slam on 5 August for BAC Nord (lit. “Northern Anti-Crime Squad”), the fourth feature by Cédric Jimenez, following Paris Under Watch [+see also:
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(2012), The Connection [+see also:
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(1.5 million admissions in France in 2014, nominated for the César Awards for Best Set Design and Best Costume Design in 2015) and The Man with the Iron Heart [+see also:
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(2017). For the cast, the filmmaker is teaming up once again with Gilles Lellouche (who previously appeared in The Connection, as well as being nominated for the César Award for Best Actor in 2019 for In Safe Hands [+see also:
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and for the César for Best Supporting Actor in 2018 and 2011 for C’est la vie! [+see also:
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and Little White Lies [+see also:
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). He will be flanked by François Civil (popular in the recent titles The Wolf’s Call [+see also:
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, Who You Think I Am [+see also:
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and Love at Second Sight [+see also:
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; set to grace screens from 11 September in Deux moi), Karim Leklou (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2019 for The World Is Yours [+see also:
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, Best Actor Award at Turin in 2015 for Heatwave [+see also:
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), Adèle Exarchopoulos (Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2013, César Award for Most Promising Actress and Lumières Award for Best New Actress in 2014 for Blue Is the Warmest Colour [+see also:
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, also giving strong performances in titles such as Orphan [+see also:
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, Racer and the Jailbird [+see also:
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interview: Michael Roskam
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, The White Crow [+see also:
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and Sibyl [+see also:
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) and Kenza Fortas (César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2019 for Shéhérazade [+see also:
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).

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The story, penned by the director and his regular writing partner Audrey Diwan (the duo was nominated for the Lumières Award for Best Screenplay in 2015 for The Connection), whisks us away to Marseille in 2012, a time when the neighbourhoods in the north of the city sadly hold an undesirable record – that of being the area with the highest crime rate in France. At the insistence of their superiors, the field brigade of the Northern Anti-Crime Squad is constantly striving to get better results. In this high-risk zone, the cops adapt their methods to the laws of the council estates, and sometimes overstep the mark. Until one day, the judicial system turns against them…

Produced by Hugo Sélignac and Vincent Mazel for Chi-Fou-Mi Productions, BAC Nord is being co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and StudioCanal. Having been pre-purchased by France 2, Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature will be shot for ten weeks in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region, with Laurent Tangy in charge of the cinematography. The French distribution and international sales will be handled by StudioCanal.

As a reminder, Chi-Fou-Mi Productions has The Wolf’s Call, In Safe Hands, The World Is Yours and Sink or Swim [+see also:
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in its recent filmography.

(Translated from French)

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