Drafthouse Films has acquired US distribution rights to director Cedric Jimenez’s period crime thriller “La French” starring Jean Dujardin.
Billed as Europe’s answer to “The French Connection,” the film ignited a pre-buy bidding war after Gaumont Film Company unveiled eight minutes of promo footage at Cannes this year. It marks the first collaboration between Gaumont and Drafthouse Films. Here’s the synopsis:
Marseille. 1975. Pierre Michel, a young magistrate with a wife and children, has just been transferred to help in the crackdown on organized crime. He decides to take on the French Connection, a mafia-run operation that exports heroin the world over. Paying heed to no one’s warnings, he leads a one-man campaign against mafia kingpin Gaetan Zampa, the most untouchable godfather of them all.
Based on a true story, “La French” was produced by Alain Goldman and Legende Films, and it could be Jimenez’s — not widely known in the US — stateside breakout. Dujardin said it was the first film he agreed to do after winning the Best Actor Oscar for “The Artist” (2011).