Movie News: THE CONNECTION

“An exciting, epic policier with whiffs of both its American cousin and Scorsese” – John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter

 

Drafthouse Films presents THE CONNECTION, the gritty, action-packed European flip side to The French Connection, starring Academy Award® winner Jean Dujardin!

In theaters May 15!

Fantastic Fest and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema have a long-standing commitment to supporting exciting and provocative films from emerging filmmakers. That’s why we want to share the news about Drafthouse Films’ upcoming release of Cédric Jimenez’s confident, breathtakingly stylish and tough-as-nails cop thriller THE CONNECTION. 

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THE CONNECTION – In theaters May 15, 2015!

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Starring: Academy Award® winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist, The Wolf of Wall Street), Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), Céline Sallette (Rust and Bone), Mélanie Doutey (The Flower of Evil), and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher)

Directed by: Cédric Jimenez

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Synopsis Directed and co-written by Cédric Jimenez, THE CONNECTION was entirely shot on 35 mm and is the European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection. A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations–to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s “La French” always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family’s safety, before it’s too late.

 

THE CONNECTION is director and co-writer Cédric Jimenez’ second feature film following Aux Yeux de Tous. A native of Marseilles, a city long known for its drug trafficking activities, Jimenez brings a keen knowledge of the place to his latest film. Directed by Cédric Jimenez. Written by Audrey Diwan and Cédric Jimenez. Cinematography by Laurent Tangy. Art direction by Patrick Schmitt. A Drafthouse Film release.

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