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Mehdi Fikri now shooting Avant que les flammes ne s’éteignent

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- Camélia Jordana, Fianso, Sofian Khammes, Samir Guesmi and Makita Samba star in the filmmaker’s first feature, produced by The Film and Topshot Films, and sold by Wild Bunch

Mehdi Fikri now shooting Avant que les flammes ne s’éteignent
Actress Camélia Jordana (© Georges Biard), actor-rapper Fianso (© Paris Hip Hop Festival) and actor Sofian Khammes (© Georges Biard)

The filming crew are entering the home straight with Avant que les flammes ne s’éteignent, the first feature film by Mehdi Fikri, who previously turned heads with his short film Descente (screened in Venice’s 2021 Orizzonti line-up), among other works.

The cast stars Camélia Jordana (awarded the 2018 Best New Hope César for Le brio [+see also:
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and nominated for the 2021 Best Actress César via Love Affair(s) [+see also:
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interview: Emmanuel Mouret
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), rapper Fianso (derived from his real name Sofiane Zermani, who was notably well-received in Close Enemies [+see also:
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interview: David Oelhoffen
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and the mini-series Savages [+see also:
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), Sofian Khammes (at his best in La Traviata, My Brothers and I [+see also:
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, The Swarm [+see also:
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and The Big Hit [+see also:
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, to name a few), Sonia Faidi (making her big screen debut), Samir Guesmi (hitting cinemas on 7 December via Our Brothers [+see also:
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and on 15 February via For My Country [+see also:
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interview: Rachid Hami
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) and Makita Samba (nominated for the Best New Hope César and the Lumière Revelation Award thanks to Paris, 13th District [+see also:
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).

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Written by the director, the story revolves around Malika El Yadari who must contend with the death of his little brother, who died while being questioned by the police. His grief is disrupted by the court proceedings, which jeopardise the family’s equilibrium…

Avant que les flammes ne s’éteignent is produced by Michaël Gentile (alongside Garance Boulet as associate producer) on behalf of The Film, and by Robin Robles, Arthur Goisset and Bastien Daret on behalf of Topshot Films, in co-production with France 3 Cinéma and Bac Films (who will also manage distribution in French cinemas). Pre-purchased by France Télévisions, OCS and Netflix, the feature film also enjoys support from the Grand Est region, from the Eurométropole de Strasbourg, from the CNC’s Images de la Diversité Fund, and from the SOFICA companies Indéfilms and La Banque Postale Image. Sales are steered by Wild Bunch International.

Having kicked off on 31 October, shooting is unfolding in Strasbourg and the surrounding area until 14 December, with photography entrusted to Romain Carcanade (nominated for the cinematography Lumière Award in 2022 via The Swarm). Music is in the hands of Italian composer Andrea Boccadoro.

For the record, The Film are currently overseeing post-production on Isabelle Brocard’s Madame de Sévigné (read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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