For OSS 117, Nicolas Bedos transforms the communist town hall of Gennevilliers into an African palace

For OSS 117, Nicolas Bedos transforms the communist town hall of Gennevilliers into an African palace


The third part of the adventures of Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath will be released in theaters on April 14th. In the second trailer that is set to take place in Africa, the insiders recognized the Hauts-de-Seine building, inaugurated in 1978, and turned it into a palace for the good care of our spy Franchouillard.

Patrice Leclerc, communist mayor of Gennevilliers northeast of Paris, proudly published the second trailer for O.SS 117: Red alert in sub-Saharan Africa by Nicolas Bedos with Jean Dujardin. “Aftere 3:17 p.m. for Paris by Clint Eastwood and Untouchable by Olivier Nakache and Eric Tolédano, this is the third time that Gennevilliers has served as the backdrop for a blockbuster“Greet the mayor. The residents take great pride in attracting such artists and multiplying the jokes. In these difficult times, it relaxes.“”

In this excerpt from the third episode of The Adventures of the Spy Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, which will be released in theaters on April 14, insiders immediately recognized the white air staircase typical of City Hall design in the 1970s. To give the illusion that we are in an African palace, Nicolas Bedos’ chief decorator covered it with a red carpet. He also brought down the exotic foliage plants that are usually found in the wedding hall from the city greenhouse. Eventually he pushed the 1900 car, a symbol of the city’s industrial past, out of the field usually located at the bottom of the stairs. In this first scene, Jean Dujardin climbs the stairs with a briefcase in hand, followed by a bellhop carrying his three suitcases. “What are you doing here?”, Jean Dujardin asks him and turns around. “I carry your suitcases, it’s my job”, the bellhop explains calmly. “What are these prejudices?” Dujardin sighs.

To welcome a production as important as that of Gennevilliers for the town hall of GennevilliersOSS117 was quite an adventure that started in October 2019. “A lady who specializes in setting spotting came to us. She remembered the ’70s design that had shaped her so much at her wedding.”says Cécile Flament, City Hall communications director. The town hall, inaugurated in 1978 in an eighteen-story tower, was designed by a collective of architects, town planners, graphic designers and plastic artists who have come together to form the collective of the egg. Forty years later, its frescoes, works and cut ceilings that adorn the council hall, wedding hall and honor rooms have remained in their original state. Nicolas Bedos came with his production designer in November 2019 and was delighted. The sound and light managers made sure they could record night scenes during the day by covering the large bay windows so that there was enough electrical power and the deal was closed. Production signed a contract to be able to use the most emblematic places of the town hall for three weeks in December 2019. One week to put the scene in the limelight, another week to shoot and finally one last week to take everything apart. “We got organized to organize weddings and the city council elsewhere, and filming brought us a little under 15,000 euros,” Cécile Flament details.

On the screen, insiders can see the lounges that have been transformed into a music hall, a luxury hotel reception and a palace bar. “The decorators did an exceptional job,” underlines Cécile Flament. Nicolas Bedos and Jean Dujardin could soon return to Gennevilliers. Talks will be held to get a preview of your film at the iconic Jean Vigo cinema. “I hope this is possible in the current circumstances. says Patrice Leclerc. We should have the preview of Strong, the film by Katia Lewkowicz with Melha Bedia, who like her brother Ramzy grew up in Gennevilliers, but had to be canceled because of the Covid. “

Léna Lutaud

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