VIDEO – This first feature-length film Ludovic Bernard won all the votes at the 20th edition of the Festival of comedy films, which was completed yesterday : the audience award and the grand prize of the jury chaired by Omar Sy. To discover this Wednesday in room.
screening of Ascension spontaneously was followed by a standing ovation of the festival of the Alpe d’huez and the jury, composed of Franck Gastambide, Audrey Lamy, Patrick Timsit and Pascale Arbillot. It tells the story of how Samy (Ahmed Sylla), a youth from La Courneuve, Seine-Saint-Denis (93), undertook to climb mount Everest to conquer the young woman he loves (Alice Belaïdi). A “feel good” in the tradition of The Cow by Mohamed Hamidi co-produced by Jamel Debbouze, a comedy indoor price in 2016. And the culmination of six years of work for the producer Laurence Lascary and the director Ludovic Bernard, a former assistant of Luc Besson – the latter has given him a boost – and Matthieu Kassovitz.
“This film was a betting fool” said Laurence Lascary who wished to transpose to the screen the book tocard on the roof of the world Nadir Dendoune. A true story. The writer is the first Franco-Algerian having reached the “roof of the world” in 2008. He co-wrote the screenplay with Olivier Ducray and Ludovic Bernard. Their comedy mixes adventure and romance, and reveals the talent of Ahmed Sylla, a humorist irresistible in the role of Sammy, the lover bold who will have to be overcome.
like his interpreter, 26-year-old:”I didn’t know the mountain, we shot it in Nepal, I got very cold, but we managed to reach the base camp of the Everest at 5364 metres, with the help of sherpas great,” explained the actor who likes to “give happiness to the people”. Ahmed Sylla, in Nantes, france from senegal is well-known in the world of humor. He has participated in the Marrakech du rire de Jamel Debbouze and plays his sold-out show for the past two years. In December, he’ll perform at the Olympia.
Ascension shows the progress and the moments of discouragement and of hope of Samy, the eldest dune family of four children, in altitude. A radio for the “sponsors” and the inhabitants of the cité des 4000 follow his journey almost live. “A woman is like a mountain Johnny, it has to be earned” launches Samy with the sherpa that accompanies it. The latter taught him to climb, in exchange, the boy reads him a sentimental story. Samy will understand that”before you can love, you must first love yourself.”
The film also highlights the partner of Ahmed Sylla, Alice Belaïdi, which was awarded a Prize for interpretation in a supporting role, not for The Ascension -the jurors were required to be fair – but for If I was a man Audrey Dana (room 22 February). The jury also awarded a special prize with Under one roof of Dominique Farrugia with Gilles Lellouche as the best male performer (released 19 April). Alexandra Lamy has been nominated as best actress for The Embarrassment of the choice by Eric Lavaine (in theaters on march 15).