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Schoenaerts to helm ‘Franky’

Docu is actor's directing debut

“Rust and Bone” star Matthias Schoenaerts, who’s in Cannes to promote the Jacques Audiard drama in which he stars opposite Marion Cotillard, will make his directorial debut with “Franky.”

Brussels-based Savage Film is on board to produce.

A feature-length documentary, “Franky” chronicles the life of Schoenaerts’ one-legged friend over the course of two years, exploring the themes of loss, courage, friendship and social injustice.

Savage Film has also boarded “Equator,” Hans Van Nuffel’s follow up to “Oxygen,” which nabbed the Discovery of the Year nod at the European Film Awards. Set in Congo and South Africa, “Equator” is a thriller turning on the daughter of a recently deceased Belgian businessman who tries to discover what really happened to her father.

Savage is also onboard Michael R. Roskam’s “Faithful,” a film noir set against the background of the brutal crime gangs in Brussels in the late 1980s. Roskam, who last directed the critically acclaimed “Bullhead,” was named one of Variety’s 10 Directors to Watch in 2011.

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