You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Paris-Set Thriller ‘Dealer’ Ready For Worldwide Digital Rollout (EXCLUSIVE)

PARIS– “Dealer,” French-Congolese director Jean Luc Herbulot’s feature debut, will be distributed by iTunes, Google, Amazon and Sony Playstation and will be released across 70 territories starting on Nov.1.

The movie will also be available on Vimeo on Demand from Oct.1. Under The Milky Way spearheaded those deals and is supervising the digital delivery.

Set in Paris’ seedy back streets where tourists rarely venture, the movie chronicles 24 hours in the life of Dan (Dan Bronchinson), a small-time drug dealer who is just about to quit the business and move to Australia with his daughter when a big-time deal falls on his lap and propels his downfall.

“Dealer,” inspired by the life of Dan Bronchinson, was co-written by Jean Luc Herbulot and Samy Baaroun. It stars Elsa Madeleine, Salem Kali (“Colt 45”), Bruno Henry, Dimitri Storoge (“A Gang Story,” “Made in France”) and Frédéric Chau (“Serial Bad Weddings”).

“Dealer” was produced by Bronchinson via his own banner Multipass Prod. with a micro budget of 165,000 Euros and didn’t receive any public subsidies or funding from French TV channels. The movie, whose distribution strategy is handled by Alexis Perrin at Rumble Fish, has played at various festivals, including Fantasia Montreal, Raindance London, L’Etrange Festival Paris, Brussels BIFFF and recently Durban International Film Festival.

WTFilms has been handling international sales on “Dealer” and has so far closed Germany (Alamode), USA (Artsploitation), Switzerland (Praesens), Greece (Odeon), Turkey (Medyavizion) and Scandinavia (Njutafilms).

Perrin described “Dealer” as a “tale of survival infused by a pulsating visual and editing style from first-time director/writer Jean Luc Herbulot, anchored by a booming soundtrack and non-stop action.”

Bronchinson, who stars and produced the film inspired by his own life, said the movie was intentionally realistic and gritty in the way it depicts drug trade. “There are no praises. It’s a descent into hell and the dark truth of a life in drugs.”

“Dealer” has been conceived as a trilogy exploring the underworld of street trades, Perrin revealed. Now in development is a sequel focusing on the Gypsy character played by Storoge.

More Film

  • Mary Magdalene movie

    Rooney Mara-Joaquin Phoenix's 'Mary Magdalene' Bought by IFC Films

    IFC Films is acquiring U.S. rights to the biblical drama “Mary Magdalene,” starring Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix and Chiwetel Ejiofer. The distributor has set an April 12 release date on the weekend prior to Easter week. “Mary Magdalene” is directed by Australian filmmaker Garth Davis and was produced by See-Saw Films and Porchlight Films. The [...]

  • Bob Iger arrives at the Oscars,

    Bob Iger: 'Challenging Work of Uniting Our Businesses' Lies Ahead for Disney

    Bob Iger marked the historic occasion of Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox with a lengthy memo to staffers that was candid about the challenges of the massive integration of people and cultures that lies ahead for the media giant. “I wish I could tell you that the hardest part is behind us, that closing [...]


    'Traitors' Producer 42 Hires Literary Manager Eugenie Furniss

    Eugenie Furniss is joining London- and Los Angeles-based management and production company 42 as literary manager, it was announced Wednesday. The company’s slate include movie “Ironbark,” a Cold War thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch, and TV series “Traitors,” a spy thriller coming to Netflix in the U.S. at the end of the month. Furniss joins 42 [...]

  • Brad Pitt Leonardo DiCaprio Once Upon

    Quentin Tarantino's 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Trailer Drops

    The first look at “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” is finally here, and Quentin Tarantino is taking audiences back to the height of hippie Hollywood. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, the footage features a montage of Tinseltown in the late 1960s. The duo play Rick Dalton and Cliff Booth, a washed-up actor and [...]

  • One-Cut-Of-The-Dead-Review

    Japanese Sleeper Hit ‘One Cut of the Dead’ Heads for English Remake (EXCLUSIVE)

    “One Cut of the Dead,” a micro-budget horror film that last year defied the odds to become one of the biggest hits of the year in Japan, is headed for an English-language remake. Patrick Cunningham, a Japan-based American producer whose credits include “Martha Marcy May Marlene” and “Starlet,” is behind the venture. The original film, [...]

  • Come as You Are review

    SXSW Film Review: 'Come as You Are'

    The rare remake that’s actually a slight improvement on its predecessor, Richard Wong’s “Come as You Are” translates Geoffrey Enthoven’s 2011 Belgian “Hasta la Vista” to middle America. Other changes are less substantial, but this seriocomedy has a less formulaic feel than the original while remaining a crowd-pleasing buddy pic-caper with a soft-pedaled minority empowerment [...]

  • Strange Negotiations review

    SXSW Film Review: 'Strange Negotiations'

    In a era when some mainstream entertainers have transitioned to targeting faith-based audiences, David Bazan is moving in the other direction. The gifted songwriter’s ersatz band Pedro the Lion was perhaps the most successful Christian indie rock act of its time, and the first to significantly cross over to secular fans. Then he ditched that persona (and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content