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PRODUCTION / FUNDING France

Mohamed Hamidi to wrap shooting on Citoyen d'honneur

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- Kad Merad, Fatsah Bouyahmed and Oulaya Amamra lead the cast of the French adaptation of The Distinguished Citizen, produced by Axel Films

Mohamed Hamidi to wrap shooting on Citoyen d'honneur
Actors Kad Merad and Fatsah Bouyahmed and actress Oulaya Amamra

Having kicked off on 5 March in Morocco, filming on Citoyen d'honneur, the 5th feature film by Mohamed Hamidi (discovered in 2013 via Homeland [+see also:
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and nominated for the 2016 European Film Award for Best Comedy thanks to One Man and His Cow [+see also:
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) is set to wrap in the Paris region tomorrow. Shining bright in the cast are Kad Merad (awarded 2007’s Best Supporting Role César, made spectacularly famous in 2008 by Welcome to the Sticks [+see also:
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and recently well-received in the series Baron noir and the Cannes 2020 label-winning work The Big Hit, to name but two, the latter of which is still awaiting its cinema release), Fatsah Bouyahmed (who led the cast of One Man and His Cow), Oulaya Amamra (who bagged the Best New Hope César and the Acting Revelation Lumières award in 2017 for Divines [+see also:
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, and is soon to be seen in Fragile), Brahim Bouhlel (discovered in the series Validé) and Zinedine Soualem (whose many roles include a part in The Names of Love [+see also:
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).

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Adapted by Mohamed Hamidi and Alain-Michel Blanc (the winner of the 2006 Best Original Screenplay César for Live and Become [+see also:
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, who was nominated again in 2010 and is now working with Hamidi for the 4th time) from the Argentine film The Distinguished Citizen [+see also:
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by Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat (which scooped the Volpi Cup for Best Male Performance in Venice 2016), the story revolves around Samir Amin, a world-renowned writer and a Parisian for some 30 years, who accepts against all expectations to return home to the village of his birth Sidi Mimoun, in Algeria, in order to be named an Honorary Citizen. He is given a hero’s welcome by Miloud, the president of his fan club, who reacquaints him with the country he has forgotten. They will experience moments of joy and emotion, and far more besides…

Citoyen d'honneur is produced by Christophe Cervoni on behalf of Axel Films, in co-production with Apollo Films (who will manage distribution in French movie theatres), C8 Films (who have also pre-purchased the picture) and Janine Films.

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(Translated from French)

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