Magazine article Screen International

Versatile Launches Crime Thriller 'Döner' with Jean Luc Herbulot

Magazine article Screen International

Versatile Launches Crime Thriller 'Döner' with Jean Luc Herbulot

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Paris-based Versatile is starting sales at the European Film Market (EFM) on buzzy young French film-maker Jean Luc Herbulot's organised crime thriller Döner set against the backdrop of a kebab restaurant in Paris.

It is the second feature for Herbulot - who is represented by WME and has projects in development in the US too - after his much-praised French-language feature debut Dealer, which shot over two weeks on a budget of just $175,000.

Hugo Becker, whose recent credits include playing ambitious political aide Cyril in hit series Baron Noir, plays a Max, a young man with entrepreneurial ambitions who gets a job in a kebab shop following his release from jail. He soon learns that there is more to the fast food joint than meets the eye.

"I got the idea for the script one night when I went for a kebab with a friend and a fight broke out as I was leaving. …

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