“Gangsta” marks El Arbi and Fallah’s third film. The up-and-coming Belgian director duo, known as Adil & Bilall, previously directed “Image” and “Black” which won Toronto’s Discovery Award in 2015. Adil and Bilall also helmed the TV series “Snowfall” for FX Networks. The pair is currently rumored to be on track to direct “Beverly Hills Cop 4” with Eddy Murphy.
The critically acclaimed pic “Black” established the filmmakers’ reputation within the international scene. Variety’s Peter Debruge described the film as a “powerhouse street romance” and “the first of its kind in Belgian cinema.”
Set in contemporary Belgium, “Gangsta” is a minority-driven thriller following four drug dealer friends who are fan of “Scarface” and aspire to become real-life swaggers and organized crime legends. Their lives spin out of control when they steal a shipment of cocaine, triggering a full-on war with an Amsterdam drug lord and the ruthless Colombian cartels. The film has a stylish, urban visual style in line with the duo’s previous work.
“Adil and Bilall certainly are among Europe’s most promising talents. Their cinema is refreshing, fun, and built up for the audience. The team is very excited to handle the film!” said Nicolas Eschbach, Indie Sales CEO and co-founder.
The film is produced by A Team Productions, the regular producers of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s, Column Film And Nabil Ben Yadir’s 10.80 Films.
“Gangsta” is currently in post-production and is set for an early 2018 premiere. Kinepolis Film distribution will release the film in Benelux on Jan. 24.
Indie Sales will be introducing the project to buyers at the AFM with a teaser which Variety is exclusively sneak premiering: