Director: Jacques Audiard // Writer: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré
French auteur Jacques Audiard has enjoyed considerable acclaim with his last two features. 2009’s A Prophet snagged the Jury Prize at Cannes and nine Cesars (including Best Director), while 2012’s Rust and Bone (see production pic above) snagged Marion Cotillard a Golden Globe nod for Best Actress in a Drama and was awarded four Cesars out of its nine nominations. He’s also won Best Screenplay at Cannes in 1996 for A Self Made Hero, while 2005’ s The Beat That My Heart Skipped won Best Director and Film at the Cesars. Needless to say, Audiard is a heavy hitter at home and abroad, and expectations are high for his seventh feature, Erran, which is in production but being kept under wraps. Starring Vincent Rottiers (he was Jean Renoir in Gilles Bourdos’ 2012 Renoir), the film will revolve around a Sri-Lankan Tamil fighter who is a political refugee in France, where he works as a caretaker on an “unruly” council estate in the Parisian suburbs.
Cast: Vincent Rottiers
Producers: Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux (Blood Father), Page 114
U.S. Distributor: Sundance Selects
Release Date: Already having secured US distribution, we’re assuming this will make a bow at Cannes.