It all starts with a Facebook ad: we are looking for real caregivers for a film and Chamaïl, who has already done theater, tries his luck. “The first casting, there were about ten of us. In front of the camera, everyone told their story a little. “Chamaïl Kahaloun, native of Ambert, settled in Paris where she is a nurse, then shares her experience, with tears in her eyes.”When I worked in pediatric psychiatry at Pitié Salpêtrière, my 40-year-old nurse colleague suffered a cardiac arrest. We couldn’t save her. So, I talked about it.“
Chamaïl is recalled for tests and will finally shoot this film by Catherine Corsini, The divide, last fall. “I was able to give the answer to Valérie Bruni Tedeschi, Pio Marmaï, Marina Foïs and suddenly, the first days are very impressive. But there was so much beautiful energy, it all happened quite naturally in the end. “
The film tells of a night in the emergency room in a hospital on the verge of asphyxiation and the director has great confidence in her actors from the medical world. “So that we are as close as possible to reality. The props worker left us free to prepare our real treatment trays. “
Selection in Cannes: a dream and a platform for caregivers
From home, the Ambertoise nurse said to herself: “We may go to Cannes … until the announcement, and there it is total ecstasy!“The film is in official competition.
This Friday, Chamaïl Kahaloun therefore has an appointment at 9:30 p.m. with the The divide to climb the steps of the Palais des Festival de Cannes, before discovering the film, which she has not yet seen.
“The room is apparently huge and we will be facing real cinema professionals who will see the film. Spike lee [ndlr : le président du jury] go see the movie!“And for the one who suffered the full brunt of the first wave of the Covid epidemic in the internal medicine department of a Parisian hospital, this selection in Cannes is also an opportunity to send a message.”Of course we will go up with pretty dresses and climb the stairs, but there is also the side where we represent the caregivers. We hope that we will be given the floor to be able to talk about our daily lives. “
A future shoot in Ambert?
The hospital under pressure, the exhaustion of caregivers, the drama experienced with the death of her colleague … Chamaïl also intends to tell the story in a short film that she is writing. The young nurse was selected at the Kourtrajm school, created by Ladj Ly, the director of the film Les Misérables. She hopes to obtain funding to shoot this film in Ambert.