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Bac Films Boards David Oelhoffen’s ‘Close Enemies’ With Matthias Schoenaerts, Reda Kateb (EXCLUSIVE)

Bac Boards Close Enemies' With Matthias
Courtesy of Roger Arpajou

Bac Films has taken French distribution and international sales rights to David Oelhoffen’s “Close Enemies,” a Paris-set contemporary crime thriller starring Matthias Schoenaerts (“Our Souls at Night”) and Reda Kateb (“Django”).

The film, which will start lensing on Nov. 27 in Paris, centers on Driss and Manuel, two close friends who were born and raised in a suburb riddled by drug trafficking who end up taking opposite paths: Manuel chose to embrace the thug life, while Driss becomes a cop. When Manuel’s biggest deal goes terribly wrong, the two men meet again and come to realize they both need each other to survive in their worlds.

“Close Enemies” reteams Oelhoffen with his producer on “Far From Men,” Marc Du Pontavice at One World Films. “Close Enemies” marks Oelhoffen’s third feature film after “Far From Men” and “Nos retrouvailles.”

Oelhoffen earned a widespread critical acclaim with “Far From Men,” a drama based on a short story by Albert Camus that toplined Virgo Mortensen and Kateb. The movie premiered at Venice where it won several prizes. Set in 1954 Algeria, “Far From Men” told the story of a reclusive teacher who was tasked with escorting Mohamed, a villager accused of murder.

“With ‘Close Enemies,’ Oelhoffen will again portray the complex relationship between two very different men, and set the action against the gritty backdrop of Paris suburbs and the police world,” said Gilles Sousa, head of sales at Bac Films.

Marie Garrett, sales manager at Bac Films, said the film’s “crime thriller genre, its Parisian backdrop and strong cast will likely make it an attractive project for foreign distributors.”