Monday 13 September saw the start of
shooting of Disco Boy, the first feature film by Italian
director Giacomo Abbruzzese (a graduate of the French school
of Fresnoy, who has received considerable attention for his short films,
notably Stella Marris, and who has also been a member of the Cinefondation
residency at the Cannes Film Festival), which won the Arte Development Prize at
the Arcs Film Festival's Village of Coproductions.
The cast includes German actor Franz
Rogowski (seen in Transit and Ondine, and this year in Great Freedom and Freaks Out), Gambian actor Morr
N'Diaye (discovered in the documentary Tumaranké) and the
Ivorian feminist influencer activist and model Laetitia Ky (Night of the
standouts include Croatian Leon Lucev (seen at Cannes in Murina), Italian Matteo Olivetti,
Pole Robert Wieckiewcz and Belgian Mutamba Kalonji.
Written by the director, the
screenplay follows two destinies at odds with each other. After a painful
journey through Europe, Alex, the Belarusian, joins the Foreign Legion in
France and clings to a confused hope of a European identity. Jomo, the Nigerian,
fights for the survival and durability of his people in the Niger Delta and is
ready to die to defend his ideas. These two young people who are sacrificed and
smashed together will, against all odds, meet and their destinies will merge to
continue across borders, bodies, life and death...
Produced by Lionel Massol and Pauline
Seigland for the Brittany company Films Grand Huit (whose credits include the 2019 César for
Best Short Film Les petites mains), Disco Boy is co-produced in France by
Division (Arno Moria) and Stromboli Films (Juliette Sol), in Belgium by Panache Productions (André Logie), in Italy by Dugong Films (Giulia Achili and Marco Alessi) and in Poland by Donten & Lacroix (Maria Blicharska). Pre-purchased
by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature film also benefits from the support of the CNC (via an advance on receipts
and an aid to visual or sound creation), the support fund for Franco-Italian
co-productions (associating the CNC and the MiBAC), Eurimages, the regions of Ile-de-France and Ile de la
Réunion, the Breizh Film Fund, Sofica Cinemage, Cineaxe and Arte Cofinova,
the Wallonia-Brussels fund and Movie Tax Invest, the Polish Film
the Podkarpackie region.
The 33 days of filming will take
place until 9 October in Ile-de-France, then from 12 to 15 October in Poland
(in the lower Carpathians) and finally from 20 to 29 October on the island of
Reunion, with Frenchwoman Hélène Louvart (who worked on the
films presented this year, Murina and The Lost
director of photography. Also noteworthy are the participation of Nigerian
choreographer Qudus Onikeku and French composer Vitalic (world-renowned
in electronic music).
Disco Boy will be distributed in France
by KMBO and sold internationally by Charades.