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Year 2019
Runtime 102 mins
Language French
Subtitles English Subtitles
Alberta Premiere

Ladj Ly's scalding drama is a modern take on the classic tale of police corruption and its victims.

Inspired by the 2005 riots that took place in Montfermeil - the same neighbourhood from Victor Hugo's classic - Ladj Ly's debut feature follows Stéphane, a newly-arrived member of the Anti-Crime Brigade who police the area. His partners are the fiery, toxic alpha male, Chris; and the tender-hearted Gwada. When a confrontation with a Muslim youth goes sideways - and gets caught on video by a drone flying overhead, the three men are set on a path that risks spiralling out of their control.

Julien Poupard’s widescreen cinematography is practically a character on its own- lending a pulse-pounding, kinetic appeal to the film. Previously a documentarian, Ladj Ly brings that realism into his debut narrative feature which was invited into the main competition at this past May's Cannes Film Festival. The film's full-boil final sequence will sear its way into your memory.


Cannes, Jury Prize, Durban International Film Festival , Best Film, Best Screenplay, Jerusalem Film Festival, Best International Film
Cannes Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Munich International Film Festival, Jerusalem Film Festival
Ladj Ly
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Flora Volpelière
Damien Bonnard, Alexis Manenti, Djibril Zonga, Issa Perica