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Netflix acquires French thriller ‘BAC Nord’

Netflix has swooped on worldwide rights to Cédric Jimenez’s French crime thriller BAC Nord from Studiocanal, ahead of its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.The deal with the streaming giant excludes France, where Studiocanal will release the film theatrically under its original title Bac Nord on August 18. It is set to world premiere out of competition at Cannes on Monday (July 12) and Netflix plan to release the feature on its platform this autumn.

The film stars Gilles Lellouche as the commander of a tough police brigade operating in Marseille’s notoriously crime-ridden northern neighbourhoods. It is inspired by a real-life scandal in 2012 in which 18 officers from the city’s anti-crime brigade were charged with drug trafficking and racketeering.

The cast also includes François Civil, Karim Leklou and Adèle Exarchopoulos

It marks the first Cannes premiere for French filmmaker Jimenez, who is well-known as one of France’s premier thriller directors, with credits including Paris Under Watch, The Connection and The Man With The Iron Heart.

BAC Nord is produced by Hugo Selignac, whose credits include Sink Or Swim and The Wolf’s Call, for Chi-Fou-Mi Productions.

Paris-based Studiocanal marked its 30th anniversary at Cannes yesterday with its traditional pre-festival showreel event, which included Paddington 3, Retribution, Baghead and Role Play.

Netflix Buys French Action Thriller ‘BAC Nord’

The streaming giant acquired worldwide rights outside of France to the new feature from director Cédric Jimenez, which will premiere out of competition in Cannes July 12.

In its first deal out of the 2021 Cannes Film Market, Netflix has snatched up worldwide rights, outside of France, for BAC Nord (Bac Nord), the hotly-anticipated French action thriller from director Cédric Jimenez (The Man With the Iron Heart).

Set in the crime-ridden suburbs outside Marseille, the film follows a police brigade using extreme and morally questionable means to improve arrest and drug seizure stats. Gilles Lellouche (Sink or Swim), François Civil (Love at Second Sight), Karim Leklou (A Prophet) and Adèle Exarchopoulos (Blue Is the Warmest Colour) star in the feature, which is based on real-life events.

BAC Nord has its world premiere out of competition at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival on July 12. Netflix will bow the movie on its service this fall. Studiocanal will release BAC Nord theatrically in France on Aug. 18.

Hugo Selignac (Sink or Swim, The Wolf’s Call) produced BAC Nord for Chi-Fou-Mi Productions. The Netflix deal was brokered by Aska Yamaguchi and Anne Chérel on behalf of Studiocanal.

Jimenez’s 2017 feature The Man With The Iron Heart was a period thriller about two Czech resistance fighters who set out to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich, the hideous mastermind behind the Nazi’s “Final Solution.” His previous films include the hacker thriller Paris Under Watch (2012) and The Connection (2014), about a French police magistrate trying to take down one of the country’s most powerful drug rings.

Cannes: Netflix Takes WW Rights On Studiocanal’s ‘BAC Nord’

Netflix has taken worldwide rights outside of France on Cédric Jimenez’s BAC Nord (Bac Nord) ahead of its Cannes World Premiere August 18 out of competition.

Marseille’s north suburbs hold the record of France’s highest crime rate. The police brigade faces strong pressure from their bosses to improve their arrest and drug seizure stats. In this high-risk environment, where the law of the jungle reigns, it can often be hard to say who’s the hunter and who’s the prey. When assigned a high-profile operation, the team engages in a mission where moral and professional boundaries are pushed to their breaking point.