Reims Polar
4th thriller film festival

Haven of Grace

Vincent Maël Cardona

Série Noire

The first 2 episodes of the series will be screened during the Festival.

Pierre Leprieur is a respected figure from a powerful dockers’ union in Le Havre. But on the night of his 60th birthday, his world is turned upside down. His two sons find themselves implicated in a cocaine bust and are placed under arrest. Pierre asks his daughter, a criminal lawyer, to defend her brothers who claim to be innocent. Believing he has been the target of a plot, Pierre decides to investigate. But the truth is dangerous and brutal. Behind a sprawling drug smuggling operation lies a curse: the curse of this city and the Leprieur family…


  • Director
    Vincent Maël Cardona
  • Production
    Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin & Vincent Mouluquet – Ego Productions
  • Showrunners
    Maxime Crupaux & Baptiste Fillon
  • Script
    Maxime Crupaux & Baptiste Fillon
  • Cinematography
    Brice Pancot
  • Editing
    Nathalie Langlade, Sarah Ternat, Valentin Feron & Claire Vandewalle
  • Music
    Maxence Dussère


  • Olivier Gourmet
  • Margot Bancilhon
  • Panayotis Pascot
  • Pierre Lottin
  • Astrid Whettnall
  • Gringe
  • Eliane Umuhire
  • Nailia Harzoune
  • Alyzée Costes
  • Samuel Theis
  • Xavier Beauvois


  • Origins
    France & Belgium
  • Year
  • Duration
    6 x 52 minutes
  • Language


Arte France

Vincent Maël Cardona

Born in 1980 in Brittany, he joined the Directing Department at the French film school La Fémis in 2006. He won the Cinefondation 2nd prize at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival with his student short film Coucou-les-Nuages. His feature debut, Magnetic Beats, won in 2021 the SACD Award at Directors’ Fortnight, the D’Ornano-Valenti Prize at the Deauville American Film Festival and the César Award for Best First Feature Film in 2022. Haven of Grace is his first series as a director.


  • 2023
    Haven of Grace - TV
  • 2021
    Magnetic Beats