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52nd edition

Les Cowboys

Fortnight 2015, Feature film, 1h54


On a vast prairie somewhere in eastern France, a country and western gathering is in full swing. Alain is one of the stalwarts of this community. He is dancing with his 16 year-old daughter Kelly as his wife and their young son Kid look on.But later that same day Kelly disappears. The family is stricken. From that moment, Alain becomes obsessed with finding his daughter, even to the point of risking everything: the love of his nearest and dearest and all that he owns.He sets off and is catapulted into the big bad world, a world of upheaval and change, with his only ally in this endless search his son Kid, whose own youth he sacrifices, as he continues his relentless quest.


Thomas Bidegain

Thomas Bidegain has been a recognised screenwriter for more than ten years. He co-wrote the scripts of A Prophet, Rust and Bone and Dheepan by Jacques Audiard. He also worked on Our Children by Joachim Lafosse, Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello and The Bélier Family by Éric Lartigau. Les Cowboys is his directorial debut.

Agathe Dronne
Ellora Torchia
Finnegan Oldfield
Francois Damiens
John C. Reilly

Thomas Bidegain, Noé Debré

Arnaud Potier

Pierre Mertens

Géraldine Mangenot

Raphaël Haroche

Set decoration
François Emmanuelli

Production :
Les Productions du Trésor
12 rue Barbette
75003 Paris – France
T : +33 1 43 38 48 84

Coproduction :
– Les Films du Fleuve (Belgique)
– Lunanime (Belgique)
– Pathé Production (France)
– France 2 Cinéma (France)

Ventes / Foreign sales :
Pathé International
2, rue Lamennais
75008 Paris – France
T : +33 1 71 72 30 00

Distribution :
Pathé Distribution
2 rue Lamennais
75008 Paris – France
T : +33 1 71 72 30 00

Presse Nationale / National press :
Dominique Segall Communication
Assisté de Mathias Lasserre et Antoine Dordet / Assisted by Mathias Lasserre and Antoine Dordet
T : +33 1 45 63 73 04
Céll :  +6 08 55 11 40


Press release

“Something of the Western genre infuses the entire feature” /// The Hollywood Reporter

“Thomas Bidegain transposes John Ford’s ‘The Searchers’ to France” /// Variety

“Un drame d’une ampleur et d’une ambition rares” /// Première

“Cowboys packs a wallop” /// Screen

“Premier film époustouflant et très applaudi” /// Paris-Match

Rencontre avec Thomas Bidegain /// Slate

Rencontre avec François Damiens /// 20 minutes

“La famille brisée” ///

“Thomas Bidegain Essays A New Saddle” /// Deadline Hollywood

François Damiens au Grand Journal /// Canal +

“Une des plus belles surprises offertes cette année par le cinéma français à Cannes” /// Les Echos

“Haletant et bouleversant” /// France Tv

“François Damiens: “je peux être assez obses­sion­nel” /// Gala