Reims Polar
4th thriller film festival

French Connection

hommage

This year’s tribute is dedicated to French thrillers, which Reims Polar wishes to represent through its programming. The festival celebrates the diversity, richness and talent of polar made in France. This tribute will be embodied by cinema lessons and daily presentations of films by their directors:

Gerardmer – le 02 February2020 – Portrait de Olivier Assayas pendant le Festival du Flm Fantastique de Gerardmer 2020 (Photo by Olivier VIGERIE / LPSC)

Olivier Assayas

Director & screenwriter

After studying art and literature, Olivier Assayas made short films, wrote screenplays, and contributed for the magazine “Cahiers du Cinéma”. He is the author of various books dealing with cinema. His films have brought him international recognition, ever since his debut Disorder was awarded at the 1986 Venice Film Festival. Eclectic filmmaker and genre cinema enthusiast, he notably directed Irma Vep (1996), a tribute to Louis Feuillade, cyber-thriller Demonlover (2002), and ghost story film Personal Shopper, for which he won the Best Director Award at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. In 2022, he signed his first television mini-series with Irma Vep, an eight-part remake of his film.

Carlos

The story of Venezuelan-born Marxist revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, aka Carlos, who aligns himself with the Palestinian cause and becomes the world’s most notorious terrorist.

  • Director
    Olivier Assayas
  • Production
    Daniel Leconte
  • Script
    Olivier Assayas
  • Cast
    Edgar Ramirez, Alexander Scheer, Nora Waldstätten, Ahmad Kaabour, Christoph Bach, Rodney El Haddad
  • Origins
    France & Germany
  • Year
    2010
  • Durée
    2h45
  • Languages
    English, Arabic, German, Spanish, French, Hungarian, Japanese & Russian with French subtitles

Thierry de Peretti

Director, screenwriter, stage director & actor

Born in Ajaccio, Thierry de Peretti was the winner of La Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs Prize and received in 2001 the Best Newcomer Award by the French Syndicate of Theatre Critics for « Return to the Desert » by Bernard-Marie Koltès. In 2015, he directed “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” by R.W. Fassbinder at the Théâtre de l’Œuvre. He also acted in various films such as Patrice Chéreau’s Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (1998), Orso Miret’s Le Silence (2004) and Bertrand Bonello’s Saint-Laurent (2014). In cinema, after two shorts, Le Jour de ma mort (2006) and Sleepwalkers (2011), he directed his feature debut Apaches, selected at the 2013 Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, A Violent Life, selected at the 2017 Cannes Critics’ Week, and recently Undercover, presented in competition at the 2021 San Sebastian Film Festival and nominated this year for the Best Adaptation César Award.

Undercover

French customs seize seven tons of cannabis in the heart of Paris. That same day, a former narcotics infiltrator claims to be able to demonstrate the existence of state trafficking led by Jacques Billard, a high-ranking French police officer.

  • Director
    Thierry de Peretti
  • Production
    Frédéric Jouve & Marie Lecoq
  • Script
    Thierry de Peretti & Jeanne Aptekman
  • Cast
    Pio Marmaï, Roschdy Zem, Vincent Lindon, Julie Moulier, Alexis Manenti
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2022
  • Duration
    2h03
  • Languages
    French & Spanish
    with French subtitles
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Yann Gozlan

Director & screenwriter

Born in Aubervilliers, France, he studied economics at Paris Dauphine University but his passion for cinema prompted him to go further down that direction. In 1999, he enrolled at Paris Saint Denis University to study filmmaking. After making some experimental films and two genre short films, he co-wrote and directed his feature debut Caged in 2010. He then made psychological thriller A Perfect Man (2015), starring Pierre Niney, and action film Burn Out (2017). He reunited with the actor on Black Box, which was a great commercial and critical success and won the Claude Chabrol Prize last year. His new film, Visions, will be released in the near future.

Burn Out

To save his loved ones, Tony must use his motorcycle talents for drug deliveries.

  • Director
    Yann Gozlan
  • Production
    Wassim Béji, Thibault Gast & Matthias Weber
  • Script
    Yann Gozlan & Guillaume Lemans
    based on the novel by Jérémie Guez
  • Cast
    François Civil, Olivier Rabourdin, Manon Azem, Samuel Jouy, Narcisse Mame, Naël Rabia
  • Origins
    France & Belgium
  • Year
    2015
  • Duration
    1h47
  • Language
    French

Cédric Jimenez

Director & screenwriter

Cédric Jimenez directed his first feature film in 2012, Paris Under Watch, centered around a couple of terrorists played by Mélanie Doutey and Olivier Barthélémy. Two years later, he surrounded himself with Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche to shoot The Connection, before directing The Man with the Iron Heart in 2017. Cédric Jimenez then returned to his favorite genre, thriller, with The Stronghold, presented at the Cannes Film Festival 2021 and winner of the César des Lycéens. He came back again at Cannes in 2022 to present his new film, November, a dive into the heart of Anti-Terrorism during the five days of investigation which followed the 11/13/2015 attacks in Paris. The feature film was also nominated seven times at the César 2023, notably for the Best Director Award.

Paris Under Watch

An anonymous hacker spends his time watching images from public security cameras and private webcams. He will use his skills to track the culprits of a terrorist attack in a train station of Paris.

  • Director
    Cédric Jimenez
  • Production
    Cédric Jimenez
  • Script
    Audrey Diwan, Cédric Jimenez & Arnaud Duprey
  • Cast
    Mélanie Doutey, Olivier Barthélémy, Francis Renaud, Féodor Atkine, Valérie Sibilia
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2012
  • Duration
    1h25
  • Language
    French

Cédric Kahn

Director, actor, screenwriter & producer

Cédric Kahn directed his first feature film Railway Bar in 1992, then won the Jean-Vigo Award for Too Much Happiness (1994) and the Louis-Delluc Award for Boredom (1998). He was in competition at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival with thriller Roberto Succo, then directed Red Lights (2004), The Plane (2005), Regrets (2009), A Better Life (2011), Wild Life (2014), The Prayer (2018), and Happy Birthday (2019). After a first experience with acting in 1995 in Xavier Beauvois’ Don’t Forget You’re Going to Die, he notably appeared later in Axelle Ropert’s Miss and the Doctors (2013), Élie Wajeman’s The Anarchists (2015), Joachim Lafosse’s After Love (2016), Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, (2018), and Cédric Jimenez’s November (2022). He recently directed Making of and Le Procès Goldman.

Roberto Succo

Along the route from the Mediterranean to Savoy, a series of burglaries, muggings, rapes and inexplicable murders occur. The French police investigate. As the evidence slowly fits together, it leads to the trail of a dangerous Italian criminal on the run…

  • Director
    Cédric Kahn
  • Production
    Gilles Sandoz & Patrick Sobelman
  • Script
    Cédric Kahn
  • Cast
    Stefano Cassetti, Isild Le Besco, Patrick Dell’Isola, Vincent Deneriaz
  • Origins
    France & Suisse
  • Year
    2001
  • Duration
    2h04
  • Languages
    French & Italian
    with frenche subtitles

Vincent Lindon

Actor, screenwriter & producer

The pulse of cinema courses through Vincent Lindon’s films. His career is associated with the greatest French filmmakers of yesteryear and today, and hence with all the international awards from the greatest festivals, including the Palme d’Or and the Golden Bear from the recent Cannes and Berlin editions. Audiences agreed, making Another World, Stéphane Brizé’s latest film, a great success. The profession too, appointing him last year president of the Cannes Film Festival.

The Apparition

Jacques is a journalist at a large regional newspaper in France. His reputation as an impartial and talented investigator attracts the attention of the Vatican who recruits him for a special task; taking part of a committee to investigate the veracity of a saintly apparition in a small French village.

  • Director
    Xavier Giannoli
  • Production
    Olivier Delbosc
  • Script
    Xavier Giannoli
  • Cast
    Vincent Lindon, Galatéa Bellugi, Patrick d’Assumçao, Anatole Taubman, Elina Löwensohn
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2018
  • Duration
    2h17
  • Language
    French

Olivier Marchal

Actor, director & screenwriter

Parallel to his career in the police and the intelligent services, Olivier Marchal took acting classes. In 1988, he got his first role in José Pinheiro’s Let Sleeping Cops Lie, and quit his policeman career in 1994. He then acted in various TV series such as Quai n°1 or Police District and films like Guillaume Canet’s Tell No One (2006) or Fred Cavayé’s Anything For Her (2008). In 2002, he directed hist feature debut Gangsters, and then 36th Precinct (2004), which won the Jacques Deray Prize and received several César Awards nominations. He also made for the big screen crime films The Last Deadly Mission (2008), Les Lyonnais (2011) and Carbon (2017), for television Borderline (2014) and for Netflix Rogue City (2020). In 2013, he won the Best Actor Award for the TV series Vaugand at the La Rochelle Festival. His new film, Overdose, was aired on Amazon last year.

Borderline

A police superintendent, after 25 years of a flawless professional career, is arrested by internal affairs, before being indicted for criminal conspiracy, drug trafficking and embezzlement by the magistrate in charge.

  • Director
    Olivier Marchal
  • Production
    Dominique Antoine
  • Script
    Olivier Marchal, Christophe Gavat & Laurent Guillaume
  • Cast
    Bruno Wolkowitch, Catherine Marchal, Patrick Catalifo, Laure Marsac, Jacques Perrin, Louis Duneton
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2015
  • Duration
    1h37
  • Language
    French

Sébastien Marnier

Director, screenwriter & writer

After studying Applied Arts and Film, Sébastien Marnier published three novels: “Mimi” (2011), “Qu4tre” (2013), and “Une vie de petits fours” (2013). He is co-author of the animated series Salaire net et monde de brutes, an adaptation of his own graphic novel, broadcast on Arte in 2016. After directing three short films, he made his feature debut Faultless, starring Marina Foïs, a commercial and critical hit in 2017. His second film School’s Out was released two years later. His third feature, The Origin of Evil, was presented at the last Venice Film Festival and won this year the Claude Chabrol Prize.

The Origin of Evil

In a luxurious seaside villa, a modest young woman finds herself in the company of a strange family: an unknown and wealthy father, his extravagant wife, his daughter, an ambitious woman, a rebellious teenager, and their creepy maid. Someone is lying. Between suspicions and lies, a mystery grows and the evil spreads.

  • Director
    Sébastien Marnier
  • Production
    Caroline Bonmarchand
  • Script
    Sébastien Marnier
  • Cast
    Laure Calamy, Doria Tillier, Dominique Blanc, Jacques Weber, Suzanne Clément, Céleste Brunnquell, Véronique Ruggia Saura
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2022
  • Duration
    2h05
  • Language
    French with english subtitles

Patricia Mazuy

Director & screenwriter

Born in Dijon, Patricia Mazuy wanted to go to the École Louis-Lumière but went to HEC to satisfy her father. She focused mainly on film club, confirming her love for westerns and thrillers, discovered the Doors, already dead by then, and left school for Los Angeles. There, she made a short film and met Agnès Varda and her editor Sabine Mamou. Three years later, the latter hired her as an intern on Jacques Demy’s A Room in Town. After editing Agnès Varda’s Vagabond, she turned to her first feature film, Thick Skinned. She began writing it in 1983 for Jean-François Stévenin whose film Mountain Pass she admired. She has since directed the films Saint-Cyr (2000), Basse Normandie (2004), Of Women and Horses (2011), then the thrillers Paul Sanchez Is Back! (2018) and Saturn Bowling, released in theaters late last year.

Saturn Bowling

After their father’s death, Guillaume, an ambitious policeman, inherits a bowling and asks his half-brother to handle its management. But the inheritance is cursed and both men will dive into a spiral of violence.

  • Director
    Patricia Mazuy
  • Production
    Patrick Sobelman
  • Script
    Yves Thomas & Patricia Mazuy
  • Cast
    Arieh Worthalter, Achille Reggiani, Y-Lan Lucas, Leila Muse
  • Origins
    France & Belgium
  • Year
    2022
  • Duration
    1h54
  • Language
    French

Olivier Megaton

Director, screenwriter, producer & writer

After directing various award-winning short films and shot a few episodes of TV series, Olivier Megaton made his feature directorial debut in 2000 with Exit, followed by the thriller The Red Siren. The films were supervised by Luc Besson who decided to hire him as second unit director on the action film Hitman directed by Xavier Gens (2007). Subsequently, he directed Transporter 3 (2008), with Jason Statham, then Colombiana (2011), with Zoe Saldana, but also the last two parts of the Taken franchise, Taken 2 (2012) and Taken 3 (2015), and more recently, the Netflix science-fiction thriller The Last Days of American Crime (2020). He directed in 2021 the Netflix documentary mini-series Monsters Inside: The 24 Faces of Billy Milligan, about a serial rapist with multiple personalities.

Colombiana

1992. Colombia. 9-year-old Cataleya witnesses her parents’ murder. Narrowly escaping also being killed, she takes refuge with her Uncle Emilio, a gangster, in the United States.15 years later, she works for him as a hired killer.

  • Director
    Olivier Megaton
  • Production
    Luc Besson & Ariel Zeitoun
  • Script
    Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen
  • Cast
    Zoe Saldana, Jordi Molla, Cliff Curtis, Lennie James, Michael Vartan
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2011
  • Duration
    1h47
  • Languages
    English & spanish
    with french subtitles

Dominik Moll

Director & screenwriter

He studied cinema at the City College of New York, then at IDHEC in Paris, before working as an assistant editor, editor, and assistant director. His first feature film, Intimacy, was released in 1994, followed in 2000 by the thriller Harry, He’s Here to Help, presented at the Cannes Film Festival and awarded several times at the César Awards. Subsequently, he continued to explore the codes of the genre with Lemmings (2005), The Monk (2011), News from Planet Mars (2016) and Only the Animals (2019), while participating in the TV series The Tunnel (2013) for Canal+ and Eden (2019), broadcast on Arte. Recently, he directed The Night of the 12th, a thriller about a feminicide case inspired by the book-investigation “18.3 – une année à la PJ” by Pauline Guéna. The film won this year six Cesar Awards, including Best Film, Best Adaptation and Best Director.

Harry, He’s Here to Help

Harry knew Michel in high school; they meet again by accident. Harry inserts himself in Michel’s life which will take a sinister turn.

  • Director
    Dominik Moll
  • Production
    Michel Saint-Jean
  • Script
    Dominik Moll & Gilles Marchand
  • Cast
    Laurent Lucas, Sergi López, Mathilde Seigner, Sophie Guillemin, Liliane Rovère
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2000
  • Duration
    1h57
  • Languages
    French & Spanish

Frédéric Tellier

Director, screenwriter & composer

After shooting two short films, two series, several television films and more than a hundred commercials, Frédéric Tellier is inspired by the hunt for serial killer Guy Georges to sign in 2014 his first feature film, SK1. The film, which required almost ten years of research and writing, won numerous awards and received a 2016 César nomination for Best First Film and Best Adaptation. In 2017, for his second feature, Through the Fire, he directed Pierre Niney as a disfigured firefighter following an act of bravery. As he did on SK1, Frédéric Tellier also served as a co-composer and co-writer on the film. Last year, he worked again with Pierre Niney alongside Gilles Lellouche and Emmanuelle Bercot for the thriller Goliath, centered around a phytosanitary scandal.

SK1

Paris, 1991. The true story of Franck Magne, a young inspector starting out in the Criminal Investigation Department. His first case deals with the murder of a young woman. His investigation leads him to study similar cases which he’s the only person to link together. 

  • Director
    Frédéric Tellier
  • Production
    Julien Madon & Julien Leclercq
  • Script
    Frédéric Tellier & David Oelhoffen
  • Cast
    Raphaël Personnaz, Nathalie Baye, Olivier Gourmet, Michel Vuillermoz, Adama Niane
  • Origin
    France
  • Year
    2014
  • Duration
    2h
  • Language
    French
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