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  • Director

    Jean-François Richet

  • Starring

    Vincent Cassel, Olga Kurylenko, Patrick Chesnais, August Diehl, Denis Lavant, Freya Mavor

  • Run Time

    111 mins

  • Release Year


  • Country of Origin


  • Language


  • Director of Photography: Manuel Dacosse

  • Editor: Hervé Schneid

  • Produced by: Eric Altmayer, Nicolas Altmayer

  • Music: Marco Beltrami, Marcus Trumpp

  • Screenplay by: Éric Besnard, Jean-François Richet


BOTF: The Emperor of Paris (L'empereur de Paris)

Part of the Best of the Fest Strand


Vincent Cassel is the perfect period anti-hero in this violent, impressively staged historical action thriller. Based on the life of infamous criminal Eugène François Vidocq, whose turn to crime-fighting inspired the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, The Emperor of Paris is set against the backdrop of Napoleonic France. Scottish actress Freya Mavor also stars as pickpocket Annette, who the reformed Vidocq falls for; Olga Kurylenko is the powerful La Baronne; and Denis Lavant impresses as gang leader Maillard. [15]

This strand is supported by James and Morag Anderson.

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