READ MORE: Tokyo Film Festival Review: French-Language Crime Flick ‘The Connection’ Starring Jean Dujardin
Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, “The Connection” explores the European perspective on the notorious real-life French Connection heroin smuggling scheme, which served as the inspiration for Friedkin’s iconic 1971 film. Oscar-winning actor Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) stars as Pierre Michel, a French magistrate who embarks on a relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history. His efforts lead him to Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), a charismatic and wealthy kingpin who runs the largest underground heroin trade between Europe and the United States.
With its Scorsese-esque camerawork, a sultry French cover of Cher’s hit “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” and a barrage of firing weapons, the latest theatrical trailer for “The Connection” confidently sells the film as a stylish and violent crime drama that fits right at home alongside Friedkin’s film and other classic action films released during the seventies. The film was even shot entirely on 35mm film.
Drafthouse Films will release “The Connection” in select theaters beginning May 15. Check out the new poster for the film below.