Cameras roll on Jérôme Salle's Zulu
by Fabien Lemercier
24/09/2012 - Today, filming started in Cape Town, South Africa, for Jérôme Salle's fourth feature, Zulu. After Anthony Zimmer (nominated for a Cesar for best first film in 2006), Largo Winch [trailer] (1.7 million admissions in France in 2008), and Largo Winch II [trailer] (1.3 million admissions in France in 2011), the director has now started shooting his first film in English with British actor Orlando Bloom and American actor Forest Whitaker in the cast.
The screenplay, written by Jérôme Salle and Julien Rappeneau and based on Caryl Férey's thriller Zulu, centres on two policemen. Ali Neuman, who as a child barely survived a massacre orchestrated by the Inkhata (a militant political party at war with Nelson Mandela's ANC), is head of the Cape Town police homicide branch. One of the members of his team is Brian Epkeen, a white officer whose family was involved in setting up apartheid, but who works efficiently with Neuman. Together, they are confronted with the inevitable criminality of urban areas overrun by unemployment and an underground economy, violence that is exacerbated by gangs. Their job becomes more complicated when two women's bodies are discovered. The case is linked to a new unhealthy mindset and a new drug in town. At the chaotic crossroads of brutality and modernity, the echo of apartheid continues to resonate in the shadows of a society struggling to reach reconciliation.
Produced by Richard Grandpierre for Eskwad, Zulu benefits from co-productions by Pathé (who are to handle the film's distribution in France and well as its international sales), M6 Films, and Lobster Film (South Africa), as well as pre-acquisitions by Canal +, Ciné +, and W9. Shooting is set to continue until December 6, with Denis Rouden as director of photography and Alexandre Desplat working on the soundtrack.
On November 5, Eskwad is also set to launch filming for another great project: Christophe Gans' La Belle et la Bête (lit. "Beauty and the Beast") with Vincent Cassel and Léa Seydoux.
(Translated from French)