Programme

DOWN WITH THE KING

Diego Ongaro

États-Unis, France , 2021 / 100 min / English OV with French subtitles / Drama

Focus on the ACID

Famous rapper Money Merc is set to compose a new album in a home away from it all in the Massachussetts.

Disillusioned with the music industry and the pressures of being a celebrity, he discovers an unexpected taste for farming life, thanks to a local peasant, Joe, who teaches him how to cut up cows, feed the pigs, bring the animals back to the pen. But the rapper is quickly reminded of his reality…

 “The main actor is amazing. It's so close to a certain reality, the idea of ​​withdrawing, of no longer being in line with the career we have chosen." - Charlotte Gainsbourg, president of the 2021 jury of The Deauville American Film Festival

Screenings
Mon 07/03 16:30 Ciné Utopia ENG OV with FR subt. Public https://luxfilmfestfilms.megatix.be/en/HO00004308?locationFilters=LFFCU&dateTime...

“Gibbs shines in this simmering portrait of a defensive musician unsure of how to continue in the lane of gangsta rap » Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA.com, 21/07/2021

“Harmony of emotion and visuals makes “Down with the King” a complete circuit.” Andrew Crump, The Playlist, 11/07/2021

Awards
  • Sélection de la programmation ACID Cannes 2021
  • Grand Prix - Festival du Cinéma Américain de Deauville, 2021 (France)
Sélections
  • Sélection de la programmation ACID Cannes 2021
Cast & Credits
Cast 
Freddie Gibbs, Bob Tarasuk, Jamie Neumann, David Krumholtz, Sharon Washington
Screenplay 
Xabi Molia et Diego Ongaro
Cinematographer 
Daniel Vecchione
Montage 
Benoit Sauvage
Sound 
Boris Palacios
Music 
Nathan Halpern
Production 
Breaker Studios et Inside Voices
Distribution 
Visit Films
Biography

Diego Ongaro is a French writer, director and editor living in rural Connecticut. He directed more than a hundred children’s programs for French Television in his early 20’s and then wrote and directed four acclaimed short films. Bob and the Trees, his first feature film, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, won the top prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and screened in more than 20 international festivals throughout the world. The film also streamed on Netflix and Amazon. Down With the King is his second feature film, premiered at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival (ACID section), won the Grand Prix at the Deauville American Film Festival in France and was recently acquired by Sony Pictures Worldwide for distribution.

Filmography
  • 2021 - Down with The King
  • 2015 - Bob and The Trees
  • 2011 - Bob and The Trees (short film)
  • 2008 - Rice and Meat (short film
  • 2008 – Return to Labradoria (short film)
  • 2005 – Me, My Bag and My Ball (short film)