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Gentleman’s Club: Melanie Laurent Finds Prized Possessions in “Sulak”

Gentleman’s Club: Melanie Laurent Finds Prized Possessions in “Sulak”

After teaming with the French filmmaker with The Mad Women’s Ball (Le bal des folles) a TIFF selection in 2021, Amazon Prime Video France will back SulakMelanie Laurent‘s next feature film. Produced by Pitchipoï Productions’ Alain Goldman, production begins this summer in Paris and southern France this summer. Screen Daily reports that Lucas Bravo takes the lead role. Laurent is coming off the crime caper Voleuses – which starred herself, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Isabelle Adjani. That filmed is slated for a November release via Netflix – which means that too could land at TIFF just prior.

Co-written by Laurent with regular writing partner Christophe Deslandes, this tells the story of Bruno Sulak, a notorious real-life French criminal known for his non-violent heists on multiple jewelry stores in the 1980s. Sulak managed to escape from prison several times in order to reunite with his lover and accomplice, becoming public enemy number one in the process.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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