The devastating violence that hit Paris late Friday night eerily mirrors elements of a shock thriller entitled 'Made in France' directed by Nicolas Boukhrief that was set to open in French theaters next Wednesday.
Reuters, Variety

16 Nov 2015 - 11:15 AM  UPDATED 16 Nov 2015 - 11:21 AM

According to a statement issued Saturday morning, "Following the tragic events of last night, the distributor Pretty Pictures and producer Radar Films immediately decided to postpone the film's release to an later date."

The film, which has already raised controversy with a provocative poster depicting an AK-47 assault rifle superimposed over the Eiffel Tower (tagline: "The threat comes from inside"), had its release cancelled once before this year when original distributor SND Distribution pulled out following the terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper headquarters last January.

Whereas sensitivity to actual events motivated SND's decision to drop the film, Pretty Pictures stepped in with a campaign that played up the real-life comparisons.

The film follows a Muslim journalist (played by Malik Zidi) who goes undercover in an extremist jihadist cell in the Paris suburbs - unique in that the would-be terrorists are converts to Islam, not foreigners who've come to wreak havoc on the city.

Made in France premiered as a midnight movie at the Busan Film Festival under the title Inside the Cell in October and was screening at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival as the events unfolded.

According to the Busan festival catalogue, "Shot a mere few months before the Paris events of January 2015, Inside the Cell's storyline bears close resemblance to what happened in reality. ... Inside the Cell is a daring investigation thriller that plunges you inside the extremist Muslim groups that grow inside western countries and can strike at any moment."

In America, multiple films have made been forced to rapidly alter their marketing and delay releases when violent tragedies struck too close to home. In 2012, Warner Bros. pulled trailers for Gangster Squad featuring a scene in which mobsters shot up a cinema after a gunman opened fire in an Aurora, Colorado screening of The Dark Knight Rises.

After the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, Warner Bros. pushed Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Collateral Damage from an October 5 release to February 8, 2002. Sony pulled early Spider-Man posters that showed the Twin Towers reflected in Spidey's mask, as well as a teaser in which the superhero spun a web between the buildings. DreamWorks swiftly reworked key art for prison uprising drama The Last Castle, finding posters featuring an American flag flying upside down to be in bad taste amid the upswell of patriotism that followed.

Posters for Made in France are on display in metro stations and bus sides all over Paris.

Watch the trailer for Made in France (in French):

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