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Gaumont’s Dystopian Thriller ‘Ares’ Bows at Paris Comic Con, Pre-Sells Globally (Exclusive)

21 October 2016 12:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ares,” the post-apocalyptic thriller directed by Jean Patrick Benes and exec produced by Louis Leterrier (“Now You See Me”) bowed with a bang today (Oct. 21) at Paris Comic Con, ahead of its premiere market screening at the Afm next month.

Produced by Matthieu Tarot via his Paris outfit Albertine Productions, the stylized dystopian film stars an international cast led by Ola Rapace (“Valerian”), Micha Lescot (“Saint Laurent”) and Hélène Fillières (“Bastards”).

Described as a “French Blade Runner” by some local critics, “Ares” is set in 2035 and takes place in a France destroyed by the skyrocketing rate of unemployment which represents 10 million people.

The population, revolted or resigned, craves for ultra-violent televised fights where the fighters are ruthless and legally doped. The movie follows the journey of Reda, aka Ares, a veteran fighter who experiments a new drug to win his upcoming fights.

“Ares” marks the directorial debut of Benes, who »

- Elsa Keslassy

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