The French “special collectivity” of New Caledonia is nestled 1,210 km off the coast of Queensland, Australia. In 1853, Napoleon III took possession of the island and the islanders are now represented in the French parliament, 16,136 kilometres away, by two deputies and two senators.
In 1988, resentment at French control led the National Union for Independence-Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front to take hostages including a French gendarme and a judge in what became known as the Ouvéa cave hostage taking. This real life event is the basis for Mathieu Kassovitz’s new action film, Rebellion.
The French-language film was filmed in Tahiti, rather than New Caledonia and was first released in France in November 2011. The film is now set to hit UK screens on 19th April 2013.
The plot centres on the moral dilemma facing Philippe Legorjus (played by Mathieu Kassovitz), the captain of an elite counter-terrorism police unit. 300 special forces soldiers have been tasked with recovering 30 hostages and the political backdrop of a French Presidential election does not help attempts to reach a negotiation.
Rebellion stars Mathieu Kassovitz, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger, Daniel Martin, Jean-Philippe Puymartin, Philippe de Jacquelin Dulphé. Based on a screenplay by Mathieu Kassovitz, Pierre Geller and Benoît Jaubert with the collaboration of Serge Frydman and based on the novel La morale et l’action by Philippe Legorjus. Produced by Christophe Rossignon and Philipe Boëffard and directed by Mathieu Kassovitz.