Set in 2011, “Africa” stars Niels Arestrup as Jacques, a longtime expat who gets exiled in France with Safi, a daughter he hardly knows, to escape the political uprising that shook Abidjan that year. The movie charts their journey across France and depicts Safi’s longing for her mother, Gloria, who is still trapped in the turmoil back in Abidjan.
Julia Coma, Natacha Lindinger and Bruno Todeschini complete the cast.
“Papa lumiere” earned Loueilh the Sopadin prize for best script in 2012. Some themes in the film are inspired by Loueilh’s life experience, as she grew up on the Ivory Coast before moving to France to study.
A promising writer-turned-helmer, Loueilh graduated from France’s prestigious film school La Femis and also attended a writing seminar supervised by Israel Horovitz at Colombia University. She’s repped by Artmedia.
Pic is produced by Francois Kraus and Denis Pineau-Valencienne at Les Films du Kiosque.
Le Pacte will hold a market screening and begin international sales at the Unifrance’s Paris Rendez-Vous mart which kicks off on the 14th.
“So Long Africa” will be released in French theaters in April.