A PRESTIGE REFERENCE
Does a cop going on a crusade against a group of mad, mad robbers remind you of anything? This is normal, Antigang has a plot that is reminiscent of the cult film Heat by Michael Mann released in 1996 where the policeman Al Pacino and the gangster Robert De Niro clashed in the streets of Los Angeles. Benjamin Rocher’s film underlines this postulate of a “French Heat”.
THE EIGHTIES IN FORCE
Benjamin Rocher wanted to make a film in the spirit of American productions of the 80s, such as Fatal Weapon, 48 Hours and Crystal Trap, which brilliantly combined action and comedy.
PARIS FROM A NEW ANGLE
To show the viewer the feeling of Buren (played by Jean Reno) being out of step with the current world, Benjamin Rocher did not want to shoot his film in a heritage setting but rather almost futuristic. Hence the idea of having filmed Paris in a dynamic way in sets chosen for their modernity.
The actors worked several weeks in advance on the different fighting styles that we see in the film with Manu Lanzi, a very talented choreographer. Since the show had to be fun, several props were used, such as a ram, batons and baseball bats. The training was intense and after a few days Caterina Murino injured her calf.
JEAN RENO, MASTER OF ACTION
Benjamin Rocher wrote the character of Buren for Jean Reno thinking of the action movie icon he was in the nineties. Indeed films like Leon, Ronin and the very famous Mission: Impossible of the director Brian de Palma forged the legend of Jean Reno in the international cinematographic landscape.
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