POINT BLANK

Directed by Fred Cavayé
US release date: July 29, 2011

Point Blank (A Bout Portant), a taut and gritty suspense thriller from France written and directed by Fred Cavayé, is scheduled to open in New York (Landmark’s Sunshine) and Los Angeles on July 29 followed by a national roll out. The film, which stars starring Gilles Lellouche, Roschdy Zem, Gérard Lanvin and Elena Anaya, was selected in the Spotlight section of the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival.

Samuel (Lellouche) is a happily married nurse working in a Paris hospital. When his very pregnant wife (Anaya) is kidnapped before his helpless eyes, everything falls apart. After being knocked unconscious, he comes to and his cell phone rings: he has three hours to get Sartet (Zem), a man under police surveillance, out of the hospital. Shot on location in wide lens, Point Blank is an exhilarating non-stop ride through Paris streets, subways, hospitals, warehouses, and police stations, as Samuel quickly finds himself pitted against rival gangsters and trigger-happy police in a deadly race to save the lives of his wife and unborn child.

Writer-director Fred Cavayé started out as a fashion photographer. His first feature, Anything for Her, was nominated for a César (France’s equivalent of the Academy Awards) for Best First Film, and remade in the US as The Next Three Days, with a screenplay Cavayé co-wrote with director Paul Haggis.

Point Blank’s cast includes top French actors Gilles Lellouche (Tell No One, Mesrine: Killer Instinct), Roschdy Zem (Outside the Law, Days of Glory) and Gérard Lanvin, a veteran of over 60 films (The Taste of Others, The Favorite Son, The Specialists).

84 minutes. In French with English subtitles. Rated R (for strong violence and some language)

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