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2013 Cannes Film Festival Predictions: Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys

#52. Robin Campillo’s Eastern Boys

Gist: Featuring Olivier Rabourdin (Of Gods and Men), this focuses on one young adult, an immigrant who hangs out with others at the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them – Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn’t have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.

Prediction: Critics’ Week. Though the section is big on first time filmmakers, we think that Laurent Cantet’s film editor and co-scribe for Palme d’Or winning The Class might have a shot — he directed the zombie flick They Came Back (which appeared at the 2004 Venice Film Festival). Production took place in August – so this is in the clear.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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