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End of filming in sight for Jérémie Guez’s Kanun

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- The French filmmaker is in Albania finishing his new thriller, a Cheyenne Federation production sold by Other Angle Pictures and starring Waël Sersoub and Tugba Sunguroglu

End of filming in sight for Jérémie Guez’s Kanun
Actor Waël Sersoub and actress Tugba Sunguroglu

The final week of filming, involving a few days in Albania, is now underway on Kanun, Jérémie Guez’s 3rd feature-length work following on from Bluebird [+see also:
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(unveiled at the 2018 SXSW before making its way to events including Sitges) and Sons of Philadelphia [+see also:
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(starring Matthias Schoenaerts in the lead role and currently awaiting its cinema release in France). French actor Waël Sersoub (highly acclaimed in MILF [+see also:
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) stands tall in the film’s cast, as does Turkey’s Tugba Sunguroglu (who scooped the 2016 Acting Revelation Lumières award alongside her Mustang [+see also:
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colleagues) and Kosovar actor Arben Bajraktaraj (Sarah’s Key [+see also:
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, Three Days and a Life [+see also:
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, and appearing in three Harry Potter films).

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Written by the director (who also co-penned The Night Eats the World [+see also:
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, Earth and Blood [+see also:
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and Black Box), the story homes in on Lorik, who’s barely thirty years old yet who works as an enforcer for the Albanian mafia in Brussels, alongside his mentor Aleks. And when Lorik falls in love with Sema, a Fine Arts student of Turkish origins, his past comes back to haunt him: a man hailing from Lorik’s village in Albania, whose father was killed by the latter’s uncle, tracks down the young man and demands that his family’s debt be paid for in blood, as per the Kanun tradition. In short, he asks the clan for Lorik’s death…

Kanun is produced by Aimée Buidine and Julien Madon on behalf of Cheyenne Federation and is co-produced by Belgian group Polar Bear. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film (which was shot over the course of five weeks, overall) also enjoys the support of Screen Flanders and the SOFICA company Sofitvciné. Distribution in France will be steered by The Jokers whilst international sales fall to Other Angle Pictures.

For the record, Cheyenne Federation recently supplied TF1 with the series Une affaire française (also created and co-written by Jérémie Guez) and is currently producing the documentary miniseries Notre-Dame, la Part du feu (helmed by Hervé Hadmar) for Netflix.

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(Translated from French)

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