Undercover Enquête sur un scandale d'État

by Thierry de Peretti

France
2021
120 min
French OV
Feature film
Fiction
Color
DCP

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Out of Competition 2021

Official synopsis

October 2015. French Customs seized seven tons of cannabis in the heart of the capital. On the same day, Hubert Antoine, a former mole with a hazy past, contacts Stéphane Vilner, who works as a journalist for Libération. He claims he’s able to demonstrate the existence of the State's drug trafficking led by Jacques Billard, a media figure and high-ranking French police officer. At first suspicious, the young journalist finally dives into the investigation, which leads him to the darkest corners of the Republic.

The programmer’s eye

Thierry de Peretti explores a dark affair in the mysteries of drug squads as he unveils his narrative. He questions the construction of a scoop on the one hand, and the coercive power of the state over drug trafficking on the other. By giving the character of Roschdy Zem a central place, the film questions truths. All the exchanges and circulation of words obey the regime of confrontation, in the judicial or journalistic worlds. “Undercover” is a brilliant reflection on mediatization and instrumentalization, which invents a rhythmic and a striking visual treatment. — Victor Courgeon

Biography and Filmography

A director and actor, Thierry de Peretti was born in Ajaccio. Theatre-wise, he was a laureate of La Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs and obtained the Revelation Prize from the National Critics' Union in 2001 for Bernard-Marie Koltès’ “Return to the Desert”. He recently directed R.W. Fassbinder’s “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” at the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre. He’s also an actor in Orso Miret’s “The Silence”, Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Patrice Chéreau’s “Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train”. After two short films, “The Day of my Death” and “Sleepwalkers”, he directed “Apaches” - selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2013 -, “A Violent Life” - selected for Cannes Critics' Week in 2017 - and “Undercover” - selected in competition at the San Sebastián Festival in 2021.

2021 - UNDERCOVER - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2018 - LUTTE JEUNESSE (Short) - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2017 - A VIOLENT LIFE - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2013 - APACHES - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2011 - SLEEPWALKERS (CM) - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2006 - LE JOUR DE MA MORT (CM) - Thierry de Peretti - Director

Thierry de Peretti and Jeanne Aptekman

Roschdy Zem, Pio Marmaï, Vincent Lindon...

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de Thierry de Peretti

A director and actor, Thierry de Peretti was born in Ajaccio. Theatre-wise, he was a laureate of La Villa Médicis Hors-les-Murs and obtained the Revelation Prize from the National Critics' Union in 2001 for Bernard-Marie Koltès’ “Return to the Desert”. He recently directed R.W. Fassbinder’s “The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant” at the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre. He’s also an actor in Orso Miret’s “The Silence”, Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent” and Patrice Chéreau’s “Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train”. After two short films, “The Day of my Death” and “Sleepwalkers”, he directed “Apaches” - selected for Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2013 -, “A Violent Life” - selected for Cannes Critics' Week in 2017 - and “Undercover” - selected in competition at the San Sebastián Festival in 2021.

2021 - UNDERCOVER - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2018 - LUTTE JEUNESSE (Short) - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2017 - A VIOLENT LIFE - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2013 - APACHES - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2011 - SLEEPWALKERS (CM) - Thierry de Peretti - Director, screenwriter
2006 - LE JOUR DE MA MORT (CM) - Thierry de Peretti - Director