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Jean-Claude Barny continues filming Le Gang des Antillais

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- Idealism and hold-ups in the 1970s. Djedje Apali, Eriq Ebouaney and Adama Niane star in a Les Films d'Ici production

Jean-Claude Barny continues filming Le Gang des Antillais
A picture from the shooting of Le Gang des Antillais (©Le Gang des Antillais)

After the first leg of filming which took place from 21 September to 24 October in Toulouse and the surrounding area, the cast and crew of Le gang des Antillais [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
 by Jean-Claude Barny is this week heading to Guadeloupe to finish shooting. A highly original project as far as French productions go, the second fictional feature film by the director of Nèg maron (2005) tells the story of four West Indians who arrive in mainland France in the 1970s and soon succumb to a life of crime. The cast features Djedje Apali (who was first noticed in Young and Beautiful [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: François Ozon
film profile
]
), Eriq Ebouaney (who rose to fame for his role in Lumumba and will be appearing in theatres as of this Wednesday in All Three Of Us [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Adama Niane (SK1 [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Vincent Vermignon, Djibril Pavade, Zita Hanrot (Fatima [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Philippe Faucon
film profile
]
), Jocelyne Béroard, Lucien Jean Baptiste (La première étoile [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), Romane Bohringer (Renoir [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Christa Théret
film profile
]
), Mathieu Kassovitz (Wild Life [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), Julien Courbey, Karim Belkhadra and Cyril Guei.

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A loose film adaptation, penned by the director with Philippe Bernard, Thomas Cheysson and Yves Nilly, of the book Le Gang des Antillais by Loïc Léry, the storyline is an uncompromising nose-dive into the disillusioned France of the 1970s. Jimmy Larivière is struggling to make ends meet, support his daughter and find his place in society. Meeting the Gang des Antillais (lit. Gang of West Indians), a group of idealist crooks, an exasperated community that has arrived in mainland France with the Bumidon (the Bureau for the Development of Migration in the Overseas Departments), triggers his rebellion. Jimmy gets tangled up in violence, friendship, rivalry and betrayal: a gun in hand, how can you not become a slave to easy money?

Produced by Serge Lalou, Sébastien Onomo and Anne-Marie Luccioni for Les Films d’Ici, Le Gang des Antillais is being co-produced by Special Touch Studio, Anaphi Studios and Lizland Films. Pre-bought by Ciné+, the feature has notably received financial support from the CNC (Overseas and Images of diversity), Trace TV and the Guadeloupe, Martinique and Midi-Pyrénées regions. The film will be distributed in French theatres by Happiness Distribution.

Films d'Ici recently co-produced Orpheline [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Arnaud des Pallières (read news article), a feature film produced by Les Films Hatari starring Adèle Haenel, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Jalil Lespert, Solène Rigot, Gemma Aterton, Nicolas Duvauchelle and Sergi Lopez.

(Translated from French)

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