RAPT / Abduction (France)

RAPT          Coachella Valley Premiere – One Time Screening

Industrialist executive Stanislas Graff (Yvan Attal) unapologetically leads a Parisian high-life, gambling away fortunes and enjoying trysts in a stunning, modern apartment purchased just for such occasions.

The pleasures perfunctory, Stanislas’s remorseless day-to-day is interrupted when he is lifted from his tinted-windowed Mercedes, bound, and blindfolded in a daylight abduction that, like Rapt itself, is swift, professional, and executed with precision.   The latest French import by Belgian filmmaker Lucas Belvaux, RAPT is loosely based on the 1978 kidnapping of playboy millionaire Baron Edouard-Jean Empain and updated from past to present.  Opens in L.A. in August.  

Writer/Director:  Lucas Belvaux
Distributor:  Lorber Films
Genre:  Drama
Runtime:  125 min
Country:  France | Belgium
Language:  French w/English subtitles
Rating:  N/R – Fleeting and brief scenes of violence

FESTIVALS: International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands; Festival du Film Francophone, Greece; Seattle International Film Festival, USA; Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil

” Rapt is refreshingly told in linear fashion and free of ersatz lens manipulations, editing tricks, and convoluted narrative devices. It is a simple story simply told.” FilmCritic.com

Official Website w/trailer (French): http://www.rapt-lefilm.com/

Official Website w/ trailer & Press Kit (US): http://kinolorber.com/film.php?id=1192

Posted in 2011 Screenings, Screening Archive