THE MAN IN THE BASEMENT Starring François Cluzet, Jérémie Renier and Bérénice Bejo Opens in theaters Jan 27
Directed and Written by Philippe Le Guay (The Women on the 6th Floor, Bicycling with Molière)
Starring François Cluzet (The Untouchables, Tell No One), Jérémie Renier (The Kid with a Bike, Potiche), and Bérénice Bejo (The Artist, The Past)
A benign real estate deal becomes a sinister standoff between a young Parisian French couple (Jérémie Renier and Academy Award nominee Bérénice Bejo) and a dangerous negationist. Simon Sandberg, a Jewish Parisian architect (Renier) sells his flat’s unused cellar to a seemingly normal and well-mannered former history teacher, Jacques Fonzic (The Untouchables’ François Cluzet). But when Fonzic takes up residence in the cellar, the stranger’s secret life emerges. Slowly and methodically, his far-right, radicalized beliefs about Judaism and conspiracy theories ensnare Simon’s very existence, driving him to more and more desperate strategies to evict the man.
What ensues is a riveting cat-and-mouse game between Fonzic and Sandberg as the increasingly menacing buyer insinuates himself with their naive teenage daughter, turning the family’s idyllic world upside down. Impeccable acting and a nightmare scenario drive this tense and gripping thriller, based on a true story, to its logical and frightening conclusion.
Opens on Friday, January 27 in New York at The Quad
Followed by Los Angeles and a national expansion