France in L.A.

by France in L.A.

Loosely based on the real-life kidnapping of Baron Édouard-Jean Empain in 1978, Rapt shows the downfall of rich industrialist Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal, Munich, Rush Hour 3, The Interpreter). Graff is kidnapped by a group of criminals determined to get a ransom. Brutally mutilated, humiliated by his captors, Graff patiently waits for his wife Françoise (Anne Consigny, Wild Grass, I Am Not Here to Be Loved (COL•COA 2006), The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and his associates to pay the ransom. Outside, his world collapses as the press reveals a double life he had successfully kept private: lavish parties, mistresses, gambling debts.

COLCOA / Saturday April 24 at 5:30 pm
West Coast Premiere
In French with English subtitles

Written and directed by: Lucas Belvaux
Cinematography by: Pierre Milon
Editing by: Danielle Anezin
Music by: Riccardo Del Fra
Produced by: Patrick Sobelman
Production Company: Agat Films & Cie / Ex Nihilo
Coproduction: Entre Chien et Loup - Belgique, RTBF - Radio Télévision Belge de la Communauté Française, Ateliers de Baere, France 3 Cinéma

As an actor, LUCAS BELVAUX has worked with some of the greatest directors: Losey (The Trout), Zulawski (La Femme Publique), Chabrol (Madame Bovary), Rivette (Wuthering Heights), Assayas (Disorder) and most recently Robert Guédiguian in The Army of Crime. He wrote and directed his first movie in 1992, the critically acclaimed Parfois trop d’amour. After a second feature, the hit comedy Just For a Laugh, (COL•COA 1998), starring New Wave icon Jean-Pierre Léaud, Belvaux wrote and directed a critically acclaimed thriller Trilogy: An Amazing Couple, On the Run and After Life, (2003 Louis-Delluc prize). He followed with The Right of the Weakest (COL•COA 2008), a social film noir nominated for a Golden Palm at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.