La Fabrique 2 unveils The Pack
by Fabien Lemercier
29/09/2010 - A specialist in genre film in both production and distribution, La Fabrique 2, headed by Vérane Frédiani and Franck Ribière, is today releasing 64 prints of French/Belgian co-production The Pack [trailer] by Franck Richard. Starring a truculent Yolande Moreau (César for Best Actress in 2005 for When the Sea Rises and in 2009 Séraphine [trailer]), alongside Emilie Dequenne, Benjamin Biolay and Philippe Nahon, the film screened out of competition at Cannes in May.
Oscillating between fantasy and surrealist comedy, The Pack is set in a small restaurant in the middle of nowhere where its owner captures the travellers to feed to ghouls. "I wanted to return to an atmospheric fantasy cinema which distances itself from the wave of torture films which are unfurling on our screens nowadays," explains the director. "I seek my inspiration from the likes of Franju, Tourneur and Carpenter (…) By using my past (the closure of mines in the Lorraine region in the 80s and 90s) and the traditions of a French region, I have tried to offer something new, avoiding as much as possible copying American titles."
A French (73%)/Belgian (27%) co-production linking La Fabrique 2 and BE-Films, The Pack is financed by a €2.87m budget which includes pre-sales from Canal +, TPS Star and Ciné Cinéma, as well as backing from the Motion Investment Group, Coficup, Cofinova and Soficinéma.
La Fabrique 2, which has recently co-produced and distributed in France Cell 211 [trailer, film focus] by Spanish director Daniel Monzón, regularly teams up with Alex de la Iglesia with whom it has co-produced and will distribute the award-winning Venice title A Sad Trumpet Ballad [trailer, film focus], as well as Kidnapped by Miguel Angel Vivas. As regards French production, la Fabrique has begun lensing on Livide by directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury starring Béatrice Dalle.
Among the nine other new releases this Wednesday are a further two French/Belgian co-productions: A Screaming Man [trailer] by Chad helmer Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Jury prizewinner at Cannes this year (see news, distribution by Pyramide on 61 prints), and Sans queue ni tête [trailer] by Jeanne Labrune starring Isabelle Huppert and Bouli Lanners (see news, distributed by Rezo Films on 86 prints). Other titles hitting screens include the much talked about Jacques Malaterre’s AO, le dernier Néandertal [trailer] (see article, UGC Distribution on close to 400 screens), Florence Jaugey’s La Yuma (a co-production between Nicaragua, France’s Araprod, Spain’s Wanda Vision and Mexico, distribution by Ciné Classic) and two documentaries, Moi, la finance et le développement durable by Jocelyne Lemaire Darnaud and L'Art d'être Arrabal by directing duo Pierre Alexis de Potestad and Bernard Leonard.
(Translated from French)