Jean-Bernard Marlin got his big break with his feature debut Sheherazade blasting out of the Critic’s Week in 2018 with César Awards wins in three departments including Best First Film and the prestigious Prix Jean Vigo the following year. For his sophomore film, Salem – he works in the fantasy space for a project set in the troubled housing projects of Marseille.
Gist: 14-year-old Grasshoppers gang member Djibril leads a dangerous existence in a Marseille slum, along with his pregnant girlfriend Camilla who belongs to a rival gang, the Crickets. When Djibril is manipulated into killing the young Cricket Mahad, war breaks out. Djibril is haunted by the curse Mahad spat out as he lay dying, and begins to communicate with the spirit world….
Release Date/Prediction: We could see this grabbing a coveted Midnight spot at the Cannes Film Festival.