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The Connection

La French

France | 2014 | 135 minutes | Cédric Jimenez

Shot on 35mm film and starring Academy Award®-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), this high-octane police thriller pits an idealistic magistrate against drug-smuggling gangsters in the European flipside to William Friedkin's The French Connection.

May 15, 2015
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Shot on 35mm film and starring Academy Award®-winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist), The Connection acts as an unofficial expansion to 1971’s The French Connection. However, while William Friedkin’s police thriller successfully told a thinly fictionalized account of New York detectives Eddie Egan and Sonny Grosso—renamed Popeye Doyle and Cloudy Russo for the film—as they took on the largest heroin operation in the world, that’s only one part of the decades- and continents-spanning story. On the other side of the pond, it’s 1975, and Marseilles-based magistrate Pierre Michel (Dujardin) has just been promoted out of juvenile court and into criminal investigations. First on his docket: take on the smuggling syndicate, known as “La French,” that is threatening to turn his town into a drug-ridden hellscape. His target: the seemingly untouchable Neapolitan crime lord Tany Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Tell No One). Unfortunately, conventional manners of police work do little to further Michel’s case, and the magistrate must resort to legally questionable means to get his man. In contrast to Friedkin’s gritty procedural realism, director Cédric Jimenez has chosen a lush period technique, approaching the labyrinthine ensemble narrative with the panache of a Gallic Scorsese at the top of his game.

Director Biography
Born in Marseille in 1976, Cédric Jimenez is a French director, producer, and screenwriter.

Sponsored by Alliance Française de Seattle, French American Cultural Society, French Immersion School of Washington, The French American School of Puget Sound, TV5MONDE, KOMO-TV, Seattle - Nantes Sister City Association

Director: Cédric Jimenez
Principal Cast: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Mélanie Doutey, Céline Sallette, Benoit Magimel
Country: France, Belgium
Year: 2014
Running Time: 135 minutes
Producer: Ilan Goldman, Geneviève Lemal
Screenplay: Audrey Diwan, Cédric Jimenez
Cinematographers: Laurent Tangy
Editors: Sophie Reine
Music: Guillaume Roussel
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Cesar Awards 2015 (Best Costume Design Nominee, Best Production Design Nominee)
Filmography: Aux yeux de tous (2012)
Language: French
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
International Sales: Gaumont
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