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by Jean-François Richet


Inspired by Jacques Mesrine's autobiographical book "L'Instinct de mort" – which he wrote in prison shortly before his magnificent final escape – Jean-François Richet's fast-paced drama charts Mesrine's rise from a wayward French soldier in Algeria to a bolder and bolder criminal on the streets of Paris. Mesrine's outlaw odyssey even brought him to Canada, where he fell in with separatist radicals in Quebec. Thirty years after French police gunned him down in a spectacular shootout, his infamy lives on. Equal parts thriller and biopic, Mesrine remains faithful to its central character, a dynamic figure who is by no means a model protagonist.

international title: Mesrine: Part 1 - Killer Instinct
original title: L'Instinct de mort
country: France, Canada, Italy
sales agent: Kinology
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Jean-François Richet
film run: 115'
release date: BE 22/10/2008, FR 22/10/2008, HU 20/11/2008, EE 21/11/2008, CZ 11/12/2008, HR 18/12/2008, PL 02/01/2009, NL 15/01/2009, GR 05/03/2009, IT 13/03/2009, DE 23/04/2009
screenplay: Abdel Raouf Dafri
cast: Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Roy Dupuis, Gilles Lellouche
cinematography by: Robert Gantz
film editing: Hervé Schneid
art director: Emile Ghigo
costumes designer: Virginie Montel
producer: Thomas Langmann
production: La Petite Reine, M6 Films, 120 Films, Remstar (CA), Novo RPI (IT)
distributor: Pathé Distribution, Kinepolis Film Distribution, A-Film Distribution, Monolith Films, Eagle Pictures, Senator Filmverleih


main awards/selection

César 2009 Best Actor (Vincent Cassel)
Best Director (Jean-François Richet)
Best Sound

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