Jean Dujardin in the First Red Band Trailer for THE CONNECTION

Drafthouse Films has unveiled the first domestic trailer for The Connection (released in France as La French), the European flipside to William Friedkin‘s 1971 classic The French Connection.

Shot in 35mm, a stylish 70s set crime thriller is actually pretty perfect, following the exploits of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) as he tries to dismantle the drug smuggling ring called “The French Connection”.

Directed by Cédric Jimenez, The Connection hits limited theaters on May 15th, and also stars Gilles Lellouche (Point Blank), Céline Sallette (Rust and Bone), Mélanie Doutey (The Flower of Evil), and Benoît Magimel (The Piano Teacher).

Check out a NSFW, red-band trailer here.

This is how 35mm should look. A teaser poster for the film matches the aesthetic quite well.

A stylish, 70’s-period crime thriller inspired by true events, it tells the story of real-life Marseilles magistrate Pierre Michel (Jean Dujardin) and his relentless crusade to dismantle the most notorious drug smuggling operation in history: the French Connection. In his crosshairs is charismatic and wealthy kingpin, Gatean “Tany” Zampa (Gilles Lellouche), who runs the largest underground heroin trade into the States. Though the fearless and tenacious Michel, aided by a task force of elite cops, will stop at nothing–including boldly orchestrated drug raids, devastating arrests, and exacting interrogations–to ensure the crime ring’s demise, Zampa’s “La French” always seems one step ahead. As La French mounts its retaliation, Michel will be forced to make the most difficult decision of his life: to continue waging his war, or ensure his family’s safety, before it’s too late.

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