Season 1

Friday, October 14 – Truffaut Theatre – 1:00 pm
(Screening ends at 2:50 pm)


Presented in Association with:
Women in Film


North American Premiere | TV Series | France | 2022 | Drama, Biopic | 6 x 52 min | Episodes 1 & 2 | In French with English subtitles 

Directed by: Katell Quillévéré, Hélier Cisterne
Written by: Raphaël Chevènement, Nour Ben Salem, Hélier Cistern, David Elkaim, Vincent Poymiro, Katell Quillévéré, Laurent Rigoulet
Produced by: Justin Taurand (Les Films du Bélier), Arte, Netflix France
Cinematography: Tom Harari
Film Editing: Lila Desiles, Jean-Baptiste Morin
Original Score: Amine Bouafa
Cast: Anthony Bajon (Kool shen), Melvin Boomer (JoeyStarr), Adranic Manet, Victor Bonnel, Laïka Blanc-Francard, Léo Chalier, Joshua Racchia, Yannick Choirat, Julien Desjardins
U.S. distributor: Netflix
Original Broadcast: Arte, Fall 2022

The year is 1983. Daniel is in California.  He has a revelation and returns to Paris with a message… and several tabs of LSD. “I’m giving up bass. It’s all about decks now. I’ve seen the future.” Inspired by the burgeoning American DJ culture, Daniel metamorphoses into Dee Nasty and puts out the album Paname City Rappin’.  Meanwhile, over in Saint Denis, Bruno and Didier throw themselves into the new hip-hop scene. A year later, graffiti artist Vivi makes a splash. All the pieces are now in place for a decade of profound cultural change to unfold, culminating in the birth of the legendary rap group NTM before the season’s 1991 conclusion. Engaging characters, political undercurrents and a kick-ass soundtrack made this exploration of the Paris underground music scene a huge hit at this year’s Series Mania Festival, where Reign Supreme walked away victorious, with the International Grand Prize in tow.

Katell Quillévéré met her ongoing creative partner, Hélier Cistern, while studying philosophy at the Université Paris-VIII. Her first short film, À bras le corps (2005), was screened in the Cannes Director’s Fortnight, where it won the Gras Savoye Award. She cowrote her third short, Escape (2009), with Cistern. Her first feature, Love like Poison (COLCOA 2011), won the Prix Jean Vigo; The Staple of News aka Suzanne (COLCOA 2014) was screened in Cannes and nominated for a César Award for Best Original Screenplay; and Heal the Living (2016) was nominated for a César for Best Adapted Screenplay. Hélier Cistern‘s short, Second Skin (2006) won several festival prizes, and Les Paradis Perdus (2008) won the Prix Jean Vigo and was nominated for a César Award for Best Short Film. Cistern’s first feature, Vandal (COLCOA 2014) garnered the Prix Louis Delluc. He’s directed nine episodes of the hit Canal+ series The Bureau, and his most recent feature, Faithful (2020) starred Vincent Lacoste and Vicky Krieps. Reign Supreme will be broadcast on Arte this fall, before its international release on Netflix.

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