Les Mythos: Three banlieue kids and a billionaire
On the same day as Warner unveils the second installment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows [+see also:
film profile], StudioCanal releases a comedy that it has worked hard to promote to cinema owners in the margins of the latest Cannes Film Festival: Les Mythos [+see also:
film profile] by Denis Thybaud. Like films such as Neuilly sa mère ! [+see also:
film profile] or The Barons [+see also:
Interview with director and actress of…
interview: Nabil Ben Yadir
film profile], this funny and unpretentious feature could prove a surprise at the box-office. The cast includes Ralf Amoussou (nominated for Most Promising Actor at the César Awards 2009 for Aide-toi, le ciel t’aidera [+see also:
film profile] and currently filming Diaz by Italy’s Danielle Vicari), Stéphanie Crayencour, Alban Ivanov and William Lebghil.
Written jointly by Samir Oubéchou, Cherif Sais and Béatrice Fournera, the story traces the misadventures of Karim, Nico and Moussa, three inexperienced kids from the banlieue who are trying – but failing – to make a career as bodyguards. A chance happening offers them an opportunity which they cease with boundless enthusiasm – they are charged with protecting Marie Van Verten, a capricious and whimsical young woman who is heiress to the largest fortune in Belgium and the target of highly professional killers. Will our heroes’ skill for improvisation be enough to pull them through? Mixing frantic rhythm, a hilarious sense of humour, action scenes and romantic interludes, the film, strongly inspired by the film-making of John Landis, was produced by La Mouche du Coche and Nota Bene Productions with a budget of €3.5m and no pre-sales.
Other releases today include Le moine [+see also:
film profile] by Dominik Moll (see critique – Diaphana Distribution), Woman Without Piano [+see also:
interview: Javier Rebollo, director of…
film profile] by Spain’s Javier Rebollo (awarded at the San Sebastian Film festival in 2009 – see video interview - distribution Bodega Films), Prey by Antoine Blossier (Rezo Films) and Late Bloomers [+see also:
interview: Julie Gavras
film profile] by Julie Gavras, discovered at the Berlin Film Festival (review and video interview – distribution Gaumont).
(Translated from French)
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