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French helmer Cedric Kahn is set to direct “Funambule,” a drama centered on the teenage years of high-profile Franco-Algerian gangster Redoine Faid.

Kristina Larsen’s Paris-based Les Films du Lendemain is producing “Funambule.”

Set in the 1990s, the movie explores the youth of Muslim Faid, who grew up in the housing projects in France, started committing robberies at age 12 and fell in love with a Jewish girl. Chronicling Faid’s life from age 15 to 25, the movie depicts his unexpected romance with a young Algerian woman, and depicts his desire to convert to Judaism and move to Israel with her. Their romance ended when Faid was caught on what he had planned as his last robbery.

Rather than a crime thriller, Larsen said “Funambule” was more of a “modern ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tale — a film about what it means to be Jewish, or Muslim, about the meaning of converting for love rather faith.”

Faid, who is currently in prison, is one of France’s most renowned armored car robbers. He first served an 11-year sentence before getting jailed again in 2011. He escaped in 2013 and was arrested a month later.

The movie will start shooting in October.

Larsen is currently developing “Rodin,” a biopic of the famed French sculptor with Vincent Lindon and Izia Higelin.


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