Jean NAINCHRIK (Septembre Productions), Pierre-Ange LE POGAM (EuropaCorp)
A young runaway rejects society's condemnation and dares to fulfill his dreams. France, 1930s. 14-year-old orphan Yves Tréguier sees the world through the bars of "educational homes" where he is raised in conditions worthy of a penal colony, and dreams of a dramatic escape across the ocean to New York. Based on the autobiography of Auguste Le Breton, whose books inspired some of the greatest noir classics, such as Rififi, Fever Heat and The Sicilian Clan, Behind The Walls relates the author's brutal childhood. Directed by Christian Faure, who made his name with a string of hit TV movies, the film is the angry, tough-as-nails cousin of The Chorus. Packed with young talent, the cast also features leading figures of an older generation, Carole Bouquet and Catherine Jacob.