Co-produced by TF1 Films Prod. and Mars Films, “Case” marks the feature debut of leading Gallic actors/comedians Fabrice Eboue and Thomas N’Gijol, who co-helmed, scripted and star in the pic. Lionel Steketee (“Fatal”) co-directs.
Eboue and N’Gijol play ignorant French step-brothers who travel to the Caribbean to pick up an inheritance, and are cursed by their aunt to return to the 18th century when their ancestors were slaves. They attempt to escape slavery and get back to the present day.
Eboue and N’Gijol broke through in paybox Canal Plus’ Jamel Comedy Club, a new-talent stand-up comedy show produced and hosted by Jamel Debouzze.
The knock-about back-to-the-past comedy with a political edge — something you might expect from Legende, producer of “The Round-Up,” a chronicle about French collaboration in the Holocaust — will be released in France by Mars on July 6.
Promoting racial tolerance and suggesting freedom shouldn’t be taken for granted, “Case” has remake potential, said Other Angle joint topper Olivier Albou.
World preeming in Cannes Market, “Case” bulwarks Other Angle’s strong line in comedies with export potential. For Cannes, it has already acquired international on the Euros21 million ($29 million) “The Lords,” helmed by Olivier Dahan (“La Vie en rose”).