Les Cowboys

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France | 2015 | 104 minutes | Thomas Bidegain

An inventive, dramatic update of The Searchers set amid France's rarely explored modern cowboy subculture, the directorial debut from the celebrated writer of Rust and Bone joins a father on a decades-long quest to find his runaway daughter.

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After working for years as Jacques Audiard's screenwriter (A Prophet, Rust and Bone), Thomas Bidegain's directorial debut, Les Cowboys, successfully gives life to the spirit of the American West in the rural French countryside. Actor François Damiens beautifully portrays an amateur country singer, Alain, who will do anything in his power to find his missing teenage daughter Kelly (Iliana Zabeth). Alain and his son begin a long and arduous search, crossing borders and traveling the world, no matter what the cost or sacrifice. Bidegain's first feature is an epic Old West tale where the nonstop sense of urgency, topical plot, and perfectly controlled mise en scène will make you forget everything but the story you're brought into.

Director Biography
Thomas Bidegain is a French screenwriter, producer, and film director. He is noted for his collaborations with the director Jacques Audiard. He received the César Award for Best Original Screenplay in 2010 for A Prophet and Best Adaptation in 2013 for Rust and Bone; both awards were shared with Audiard. Les Cowboys is his directorial debut.

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  • Director: Thomas Bidegain
  • Principal Cast: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Ellora Torchia, John C. Reilly
  • Country: France, Belgium
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 104 minutes
  • Producer: Alain Attal
  • Screenplay: Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré
  • Cinematographers: Arnaud Potier
  • Editors: Géraldine Mangenot
  • Music: Raphaël, Moritz Reich
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: César Awards 2016 (Best Actor, First Film, Original Music Nominee)
  • Filmography: Debut Feature Film
  • Language: French, English
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
  • International Sales: Pathé International