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Backup draws Crowd for Heysel drama

2012-02-11

 

11 February / By Geoffroy Macnab

The story of the Heysel Stadium football disaster – when 39 Juventus fans died and hundreds more supporters were injured just prior to the 1985 European Cup Final against Liverpool in Belgium – is to be told in an ambitious $9,3m (€7m) feature film.

The story will follow characters from the countries involved on the tragic day.

In The Crowd, to be directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, is being put together by Paris-based packager and financier Backup Films Anna Lena Films (Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait) is producing.

The idea is to structure the film as a European co-production featuring all the countries involved: Belgium (where the match was played), Italy (home to Juventus) and UK (home to Liverpool).

Backup is also packaging a very different football-themed film: Goal Of The Dead, a two-part zombie comedy by Benjamin Rocher and Therry Poiraud produced by Capture The Flag Films.

Other Backup projects include El Frances by Olivier van Hoofstadt, to add an international distributor imminently; El Instructor by Santiago Otheguy, to attach a German co-producer; and Jean-Baptiste Andrea’s thriller Brotherhood Of Tears, to add a Luxembourg co-producer.

David Atlan-Jackson and Jean-Baptiste Babin’s Backup has supported some 400 films since 2002.

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