Thomas Bidegain has made the transition from screenwriting to directing more smoothly than most with “Les Cowboys,” a contemporary reimagining of John Ford’s “The Searchers.” Bidegain’s updated take on the Western classic stars François Damiens as a Stetson-wearing Frenchman whose teenage daughter suddenly disappears one day, apparently having run off with the Muslim boyfriend her parents didn’t even know existed. Ahead of the film’s theatrical release tomorrow, Indiewire has been exclusively provided with a clip from the film.
In the scene, Damiens makes his way through the makeshift encampment where he thinks his daughter might be hiding out. She’s not there, of course, but some residents who don’t take kindly to his presence certainly are.
Bidegain previously wrote or co-wrote “A Prophet,” “Rust and Bone” and “Dheepan,” all of which were directed by Jacques Audiard, as well as Joachim Lafosse’s “Our Children” and Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent.” Cohen Media Group is releasing “Les Cowboys” in theaters tomorrow, June 24.