France has a long tradition of excellent thrillers, from Melvilles Le Cercle Rouge to Bessons Leon and recent titles like Taken and Mesrine. And now we can also add Michele Palacidos (Romanzo Criminale) The Lookout to the list.

Detective Matteis plan to catch a gang of notorious bank robbers is foiled when a lone sniper decimates his crew. The robbers get away and as Mattei starts a massive man hunt, the gang starts a nefarious descent into hell.

Placido directs the hell out of the film, using a series of nerve tingling scenes to create a sense of desperation and suspense throughout. The film puts you in a vice and rarely lets up, keeping you constantly glued to the edge of your seat.

Daniel Auteuil (Caché) one of France’s biggest leading actors, stars as Detective Mattei. In the role of the sniper we see the great Mathieu Kassovitz, who is best known as the director of the modern classic La Haine, and as love interest Nino in Amélie.

(The screening is co-presented by Studio Canal)

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