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End of filming in sight for Anaïs Volpé’s Entre les vagues

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- Déborah Lukumuena, Souheila Yacoub and Sveva Alviti lead the cast of the filmmaker’s second feature, a Unité production set to be sold by mk2 Films

End of filming in sight for Anaïs Volpé’s Entre les vagues
Director Anaïs Volpé (© Alexandre Desane)

Filming on Anaïs Volpé’s Entre les vagues has now entered the home strait in Paris, with a completion date set for 9 October. This second full-length film by the director revealed via Heis (Chroniques) [+see also:
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- a work which won the Contrebandes Prize in Bordeaux 2016, as well as the World Fiction Award at the Los Angeles Film Festival - brings together the likes of Déborah Lukumuena (Best Supporting Actress César and Lumières Revelation Award in 2017 for Divines [+see also:
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interview: Houda Benyamina
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, likewise well-received in Invisibles [+see also:
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interview: Liza Benguigui
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), Swiss actress Souheila Yacoub (who grabbed attention in Climax [+see also:
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, The Salt of Tears [+see also:
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and in the series Savages), Italy’s Sveva Alviti (discovered playing the titular role of Dalida [+see also:
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, also at her best in The Bouncer [+see also:
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), Matthieu Longatte (reuniting with the director after Heis) and Angélique Kidjo (the Beninese singer and winner of four Grammy Awards) in its cast.

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Written by the director, the script (selected for a public reading at the 2020 Angers European First Film Festival) follows in the footsteps of friends Alma and Margot, two real sisters whom nothing and no-one can come between and who aren’t even rivals in their shared, burning desire to become actresses. Not even when Alma is hired to play the lead role in a play and Margot is her understudy. It’s something else entirely that will eventually decide their fate…

Produced by Caroline Nataf together with Bruno Nahon and Thomas Morvan on behalf of Unité, Entre les vagues has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+. The feature film also enjoys the support of the SOFICA companies Cinéventure and Arte Cofinova, with shooting underway in Paris since 7 September, under the aegis of American director of photography Sean Price Williams (Good Time). Distribution in France is entrusted to KMBO while international sales are managed by mk2 Films.

For the record, other works on Unité’s recent film slate include Camille [+see also:
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interview: Boris Lojkine
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by Boris Lojkine, Pearl [+see also:
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interview: Elsa Amiel
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by Elsa Amiel and Razzia [+see also:
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interview: Nabil Ayouch
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by Nabil Ayouch (whose new film in post-production Positive School is also being co-produced by the French firm – read our article).

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(Translated from French)

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