Music Box Films has released two additional clips from Mesrine: Killer Instinct, which stars Vincent Cassel as France’s “Public Enemy No. 1” – brutal crime lord and gangster Jacques Mesrine. Mesrine is two films, with the first – Mesrine: Killer Instinct – in theaters today.
Winner of three Césars (French Academy Awards) for Best Actor, Best Director and Best Sound, Mesrine was co-written and directed by Jean-François Richet, from a screenplay by Abdel Raouf Dafri (A Prophet) adapted from Jacques Mesrine’s autobiography L’Instinct de mort (Death Instinct). The films star Vincent Cassel, Cécile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Roy Dupuis, Ludivine Sagnier, Mathieu Amalric and Olivier Gourmet.
Mesrine: Killer Instinct charts the outlaw odyssey of Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel), the legendary French gangster of the 1960s and 1970s who came to be known as French Public Enemy No. 1 and The Man of a Thousand Faces. Infamous for his bravado and outrageously daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned continents until he was shot dead in 1979 by France’s notorious anti-gang unit. Thirty years after his death, his infamy lives on.
Mesrine was helped along the way by beautiful and equally reckless Jeanne Schneider (Cécile de France), a Bonnie to match his Clyde. Mesrine made up his own epic, between romanticism and cruelty, flamboyance and tragedy. Both a thriller and a biopic, Killer Instinct explores the man behind the icon.
In Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One the story continues Mesrine’s incredible life of crime while manipulating the media, the government and the police. He plans his last and greatest escape, hoping to leave France, and the character he has become, behind forever.
Maverick French star Vincent Cassel’s performances include the upcoming Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” and Romain Gavras’ “Redheads.” He previously appeared in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean Twelve and Thirteen and David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises. His other credits include Mathieu Kassovitz’ La Haine and Crimson Rivers, Christopher Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolves and Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible. Cassel is currently in production on Dominik Moll’s The Monk and will soon begin production on David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method.
Award-winning director Jean-François credits include Assault on Precinct 13, De l’Amour” (All About Love) Ma 6-T Va Crack-er and Etats des Lieux.
Check out the clips below from Mesrine: Killer Instinct, which is currently in theaters.
The Bank Job
For Mesrine: Killer Instinct theaters and play dates, visit www.musicboxfilms.com/mesrine-killer-instinct.
Below are images and the U.S. release poster for the sequel, Mesrine: Public Enemy Number One, which hits theaters on September 10, 2010.