Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Boards Albert Dupontel's 'See You Up There'

Magazine article Screen International

Gaumont Boards Albert Dupontel's 'See You Up There'

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Gaumont has boarded Albert Dupontel's ambitious $22.5m (euro20m) post-First World War drama See You Up There, about two soldiers-turned-con artists who devise a scheme to swindle the whole of France.

The feature is an adaptation of French crime writer Pierre Lemaitre Goncourt Prize-winning novel The Great Swindle (Au Revoir La-Haut).

Dupontel has been developing the screenplay in collaboration with Lemaitre since 2013.

Opening in November 1918, a few days before the armistice, the story revolves around wealthy, artistic Edouard Péricourt and Albert Maillard, an unprepossessing bank clerk, who are united in their hatred of their former commanding lieutenant Henri Pradelle.

The latter needlessly sent Edouard, Albert and their comrades on a futile and deadly final assault just as peace was breaking out. The experience leftboth scarred physically and psychologically in the aftermath of the war.

Laurent Lafitte is set to play the malevolent Henri Pradelle opposite Dupontel as Maillard and Nahuel Perez Biscayart as Pericourt. …

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