|Seattle International Film Festival | Paris Prestige
France | 2016 | 106 minutes | Hamé Bourokba, Ékoué
Les derniers parisiens
With a pulsing soundtrack and neon-drenched visuals, musicians-turned- filmmakers Hamé and Ekoué dive into Paris's vibrant nightlife scene to tell the story of two brothers with differing views of what the future should be for their family-owned bar.
Set in the iconic district of Pigalle in the heart of Paris, this directorial debut from former rap duo Hame Bourokba and Ekoue Labitey is an energetic display of the capital's popular life from the perspective of its various inhabitants. After serving time for minor crimes, Nas (Reda Kateb) comes back to his old neighborhood. Working for his big brother Azerki (Slimane Dazi) in the family bar Le Prestige, he decides to do everything he can to make a name for himself. Always lively, the Pigalle setting is enhanced by a dynamic soundtrack and punchy neon cinematography, perfectly portraying the neighborhood's heritage and nightlife identity. The central story of brotherhood is endearing, engaging with a profound realism that never succumbs to traditional ex-convict cliches. The result is a compelling family drama led by a bevy of charismatic actors that includes Melanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), a welcome feminine addition in this very masculine and stern environment. Paris Prestige is a catchy journey about the desire to fight your way up from the bottom, and live a better life than the one in your past.
With Paris Prestige as their directorial debuts, Hamé Bourokba and Ekoué Labitey are well known as Hame and Ekoue, two of France's most popular rappers. They have both studied cinema and pull from their musical experiences to create a unique soundtrack for Paris Prestige.
Sponsored by Alliance Francaise de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE
Director: Hamé Bourokba, Ékoué
Principal Cast: Reda Kateb, Slimane Dazi, Yassine Azzouz, Elisa Bachir Bey, Mylene Bude
Premiere Status: North America
Running Time: 106 minutes
Producer: Hamé Bourokba, Benoit Danou, Ekoué Labitey
Screenplay: Hamé Bourokba, Ekoué Labitey
Cinematographers: Lubomir Bakchev
Editors: Karine Prido
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Debut Feature Film
Has Subtitles: Yes
International Sales: Memento Films International