The Convoy: Frédéric Schoendoerffer puts his foot on the gas
by Fabien Lemercier
- Benoît Magimel, Reem Kherici and Tewfik Jallab star in this Carcharodon production, sold by Indie Sales and distributed in France by Paramount
On Tuesday in the Rhône-Alpes region, the shoot kicked off for the sixth feature by Frédéric Schoendoerffer: The Convoy [+see also:
film profile]. The director already has Crime Scenes (nominated for the César Award for Best Debut in 2001), Spy Bound (2004), Crime Insiders [+see also:
film profile] (2007), Switch [+see also:
film profile] (2011) and 96 heures [+see also:
film profile] (2014) to his credit, as well as the directing of half of the first season of Braquo (winner of the International Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2012). The cast of his new opus includes Benoît Magimel (winner of the Best Actor Award at Cannes in 2001 for The Piano Teacher, nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for My Way [+see also:
film profile], set to hit screens on 3 December in The Connection [+see also:
film profile] and has just finished filming La tête haute by Emmanuelle Bercot), Reem Kherici (Paris à tout prix [+see also:
film profile]), Tewfik Jallab (nominated for the Prix Lumière for Best Newcomer in 2014 pour La marche [+see also:
interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
film profile]), Sofian Khammes, Foed Amara, Mahdi Belemlih, Amir Abou El Kacem and Léon Garel.
Written by the director together with his usual collaborator Yann Brion, the story revolves around seven men, four cars and 1.3 tonnes of cannabis resin departing from Malaga in southern Spain and heading up to Creil in the Parisian suburbs. But for Alex, Yacine, Majid and the others, what should have been a normal convoy turns into a disastrous one. Seven men – as well as Nadia, a French tourist who is returning from a trip to Morocco and is unwittingly swept along on the adventure...
Produced by Eric Névé (who is teaming up with Frédéric Schoendoerffer for the fifth time) for Carcharodon, The Convoy is benefitting from co-productions by Orange, Rhône-Alpes Cinéma, Cinéfrance 1888 and D8 Films, and also from pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+. The shoot will take place in the Rhône-Alpes region (Le Perthus and Grenoble) from 23 September to 31 October, in Ile-de-France from 3-14 November, and will wrap in Spain on 17 and 18 November. The film will be distributed in France by Paramount, while international sales are handled by Indie Sales.
(Translated from French)