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Serial impostor inspires For a Son and Chameleon

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Serial impostor inspires For a Son and Chameleon

The youth of France’s Frédéric Bourdin – who assumed around 30 different identities in 15 years and passed himself off as missing children – has inspired French filmmakers. Rezo Films are today launching a 29-print run of Alix de Maistre’s For a Son [+see also:
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Starring Miou-Miou, Kevin Lelannier and Belgium’s Olivier Gourmet, this debut feature retraces the mysterious reappearance of Toni. Having been abducted ten years previously, he is brought back to his family by a policeman who is as haunted by the drama of the child’s disappearance as the parents themselves.

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Written by the director, the film is loosely based on an episode in Bourdin’s life (his attempt to become integrated into a US family in 1997, leading to six years of imprisonment) and explores the complexity of emotional ties.

Produced by One World Films in co-production with Belgium’s Dragons Films, For a Son received pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma, and backing from Wallimage.

Bourdin’s American hoax is also the inspiration for Jean-Paul Salomé’s first English-language film, The Chameleon, which is currently shooting in the US. Starring Canadian actor Marc-André Grondin (Cesar 2009 for Best Male Newcomer), Dutch actress Famke Janssen and Ellen Barkin, the film is co-written by the director and Natalie Carter.

Production is being handled by Paris-based Loma Nasha in collaboration with Gaumont, who will release the film in France.

Also hitting screens this Wednesday are Laurent Tuel’s thriller Inside Ring [+see also:
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, featuring Jean Reno, Gaspard Ulliel, Sami Bouajila and Vahina Giocante (TFM Distribution on 338 screens); and Philippe Beziat’s documentary Pelléas et Mélissandre, le chant des aveugles (produced and distributed by Les Films Pelléas).

The line-up also includes three European arthouse titles: Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczo’s magnificent Delta [+see also:
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interview: Kornél Mundruczó
interview: Orsi Tóth
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(distributed by Le Pacte); Kazakh filmmaker Sergey Dvortsevoy’s touching Tulpan [+see also:
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, which won the Un Certain Regard Award at the latest Cannes Film Festival (ARP Sélection, 40 screens); and German director Dennis Gansel’s disturbing film The Wave [+see also:
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(see interview - Bac Films, 118 screens).

(Translated from French)

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