Fiche Film
Cinéma/TV
LONG Métrage | 2014
American Heist
Pays concerné : États-Unis
Durée : 94 minutes
Genre : thriller
Type : fiction

Français

Deux frères (Adrien Brody & Hayden Christensen) aux passés troubles se retrouvent mêlés à un braquage de banque.

Un film de Sarik Andreasyan | USA

avec Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster et Akon.

English

Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery.

A film by Sarik Andreasyan

USA, 2014, Fiction

starring Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster and Akon.

related: Family Relations, Crime, Thriller, Violence

NOTE OF THE PROGRAMMER
Stories about troubled brothers have been with us since Cain and Abel. Director Sarik Andreasyan injects new energy into the subject with American Heist, a highly charged crime caper set in present-day New Orleans.

James (Hayden Christensen) has a checkered past, but he’s trying to put his life on the straight and narrow. He has a decent job in an auto shop, plans to start his own business, and there’s even the promise of love on the horizon. But one day, before his dream can become a reality, he opens his front door to find his older brother Frankie (Adrien Brody), recently released from a ten-year stretch in prison. Frankie has some money-making strategies of his own, and he needs James to help him one last time – in a spectacularly elaborate bank heist. Even though it’s Frankie’s influence that James is trying to escape, he finds himself drawn into the unsavoury plan due to a combination of guilt, greed, and misguided brotherly devotion.

This criminal collaboration between the two brothers – and some other very smart, very bad men – leads to several of the most inventive and explosive action sequences to be found in a film this fall. But despite the off-the-charts levels of excitement and suspense, the film’s true heart is the relationship between James and Frankie: bonded by a difficult childhood, but separated by their subsequent experience and vastly different moral wiring. Christensen’s and Brody’s deeply considered performances, evidencing a lifetime’s worth of bad blood, bitterness, and love, elevate this already compelling crime story to near-mythological proportions.

JANE SCHOETTLE (TIFF 2014, Toronto)

Country: USA
Year: 2014
Language: English
Runtime: 94 minutes
Rating: 14A

Principal Cast: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, Jordana Brewster, Tory Kittles, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam

Director: Sarik Andreasyan
Screenplay: Raul Inglis, based on the 1959 film The Great St. Louis Bank Robbery
Cinematographer: Antonio Calvache
Editor: Kirill Kozlov, Kiran Pallegada
Sound: Laird Fryer, Dick Hansen, David Mann, Steve Neal, Michael Perricone, Eric Raber, Derek A. Schwebel, Leonard Suwalski, Chris Terhune
Music: Artashes Andreasyan, Alim Zairov, Roman Vishnevsky, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam
Production Designer: James A. Gelarden

Executive Producer: Adrien Brody, Hayden Christensen, JoJo Ryder, George Castrounis, Michael Wexler, Arcadiy Golubovich, Jack Nasser, Joseph Nasser, Aliaune « AKON » Thiam
Producer: Tove Christensen, Sarik Andreasyan, Gevond Andreasyan, Georgy Malkov, Vladimir Poliakov
Production Company: Glacier Films

Contact Information
US Sales Agent: Paradigm
International Sales Agent: Voltage Pictures


2014 | 39th TIFF – Toronto Intl Film Festival, Canada | Sept 4 – 14
* Selection – Special Presentations
* Premiere Status: World Premiere
www.tiff.net/festivals/thefestival/programmes/specialpresentations/american-heist

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