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.