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The Assault


North American Premiere

France | 95 MINUTES | French |



On December 24, 1994, when four heavily armed terrorists from the Algerian Armed Islamic Group hijacked an Air France plane bound for Paris at Algiers' airport, the 227 passengers on board seemed destined for tragedy. After hours of tireless negotiations the plane was granted permission to leave only to head to Marseille for refueling. Mindfully avoiding politics and emphasizing only the events themselves, The Assault weaves together the violent and claustrophobic onboard drama, with backstories of the tough SWAT officer and father Thierry (Vincent Elbaz), the determined jihadist from the slums of Algiers (Aymen Saidi), and an overly ambitious French Interior Ministry worker.

Action-savvy director Julien Leclercq (Chrysalis) boldly returns with this taut, real-life thriller that culminates in an explosive gun-wielding standoff—which, at the time, aired live in front of an audience of 21 million television viewers. Leclercq seamlessly intertwines this harrowing real-life footage, heightening the stakes while driving home this heroic but foreboding event in French history.


Co-hosted by
uniFrance  Embassy of France in the United States


Directed by Julien Leclercq and Julien Leclercq

JULIEN LECLERCQ is a young director who made his first feature film, Chrysalis, in 2007 with Gaumont studios. He is well known for the visual aesthetics of his productions, whether they are fiction or advertising.
Julien Leclercq, Julien Madon
Production Company
Labyrinthe Films
Primary Cast
Vincent Elbaz, Gregori Derangere, Melanie Bernier, Aymen Saídi, Marie Guillard, Chems Dahmani
Thierry Pouget
Coproduction Companies
Labyrinthe Films, Mars Films
Julien Leclercq
Simon Moutaïrou
Director of Photography
Thierry Pouget
Jean Jacques Hertz, François Roy
Executive Producer
Marc Olla


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