Director: Ladj Ly
Section: Rendezvous with French Cinema
Country: France | Year: 2019
Language(s): French | Time: 103 mins
Stéphane has recently joined the Anti-Crime Brigade in Montfermeil, Paris. Alongside his new colleagues, he quickly discovers tensions running high between neighbourhood gangs. When they find themselves overrun during the course of an arrest, a drone captures their every movement, their every action.
Ladj Ly, actor, filmmaker, and native of Montfermeil, is best known for his attention-grabbing web documentaries that depict the realities of social and political life. He directed his first short Montfermeil Les Bosquets (1997), before co-writing the documentary 28 Millimeters in 2004. After the 2005 Paris riots, Ly was triggered by the death of two youths and decided to film his neighbourhood for a year to make the documentary 365 Days in Clichy-Montfermeil (2007). His 365 Days in Mali (2014) spotlighted another region in turmoil. Les Misérables is his first feature, inspired by a César award-nominated short of his by the same name.