June 15, 2021


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Bordeaux, new stronghold of French genre cinema

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Things are moving for genre cinema in France. While the agro-thriller “the Cloud” (June 16) and the teen-movie lycanthrope “Teddy” (June 30), the director of “Grave”, Julia Ducournau, cantor of body-horror, succeeded in attracting Vincent Lindon within his universe and will make his entry into the Cannes competition next July with his new film “Titane”. Finally, cake under the cherries, a new and ambitious production unit has just been launched.

Born from the association between Vincent Maraval, influential distributor and salesman of the company Wild Bunch, and Thierry Lounas, boss of the cinephile company Capricci (SoFilm), Wild West intends to reveal new talents, revive a cinema often discredited or poorly produced in our regions, and create an emulation with a production rate of ten projects per year. Among the first twelve announced, a revenge film blaxploitation with Jean-Pascal Zadi as a possessed Uber driver, a tale about childhood under the Occupation, a fantastic series giallo in the suburbs with Karim Leklou and Judith Chemla, a paranoid suspense around harassment and urban violence with (again) Karim Leklou and Vimala Pons, a lesbian thriller “At the crossroads of” Panic Room “and” Body Double “”, SF queer with India Hair and a new adaptation of Maurice Leblanc’s novel, “Les Mains d’Orlac”, with Melvil Poupaud.

Remember that, despite a pool of talents ranging from Alexandre Aja to Christophe Gans, genre cinema has always struggled to assert itself in France where its representatives always end up going into exile, in Hollywood in particular. Let us hope that this new structure gives it a lasting basis. Wild West takes up its quarters in Bordeaux, in the native southwest of its two founders, where the new special effects studio, Bordeaux Digital, is also setting up. History of promoting decentralization.

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