A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, The Connection tells the story of real-life Marseille magistrate Pierre Michel (Academy Award® Winner Jean Dujardin, The Artist, The Wolf Of Wall Street) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection.
In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche, Point Blank, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing––including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations––to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s “La French” always seems one step ahead.
As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family’s safety, before it’s too late.
The European flipside to William Friedkin’s The French Connection, Cédric Jimenez’s The Connection was shot entirely on 35mm and will be screened theatrically in select markets in 35mm.
This trailer for The Connection starring Oscar winner Jean Dujardin and the crime epic is based on the true story of French/New York City heroin syndicate which was explored in classic The French Connection, this film also inspired by true events focuses on the other side of the story. I get the feeling this could end-up a modern crime classic and might be one to look out for during the awards season, as early as it might be. It’s been getting rave reviews and French cinema has been blowing us away recently with flicks A Prophet, so it’s not a shocking development to see an another crime epic with a French flare.
The Connection is in selection theatres on May 15th.
SOURCE: DRAFTHOUSE FILMS