Award-winning French Series 'The Bureau' to Debut Exclusively on iTunes
Kino Lorber announced the acclaimed French television series The Bureau (Le Bureau des Légendes) will launch exclusively on iTunes in the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday, June 6th. Starring Mathieu Kassovitz (Amélie), Jean-Pierre Darroussin (Le Havre) and Sara Giraudeau (Beauty and the Beast), The Bureau is the first release from Kino Lorber's Episodic Cinema label, which will be focused on high-quality serial content from all over the world.
The series premiere is available for free now on iTunes at www.iTunes.com/TheBureau, and customers can buy a Season Pass for $19.99, to get all remaining episodes when they become available on June 6th.
Based on real accounts by former French spies (and inspired by contemporary events), The Bureau tells a thrilling story of a man torn between love and loyalty, living in a world where a single lie can kill. The series focuses on French intelligence officer Guillaume "Malotru" Debailly(Kassovitz), who returns to Paris after six years as an undercover agent in Syria. Malotru has to face the challenge of reconnecting with his daughter, ex-wife, colleagues and even his old self.
But after learning that Nadia (Zineb Triki), his lover in Syria, is now in Paris, he breaks agency rules and reconnects with her - as the man he was in Damascus, Paul Lefebvre. Struggling to let go of his lover, Malotru begins living a double life, consequently opening up himself - and potentially DGSE - to new dangers and conflicts.
The DGSE (also known as Directorate-General for External Security or simply, The Bureau) is the French equivalent to the United States' CIA or the UK's MI6 - an organization dedicated to safeguard France's national security. Dispatching agents to the most dangerous corners of the world, The Bureau is on a mission to identify new information sources that can prevent an attack to French citizens, assets and interests. While on location, these agents must take on false identities and remain undetectable, sometimes years at a time.
A riveting spy story told with psychological sophistication and cinematic flare, the first season of The Bureau consists of 10, 52-minute episodes and was originally broadcast in France in 2015. The show, currently in its second season there, was created by Eric Rochant (Mafiosa), one of France's leading TV producers and showrunners. In 2015, Kassovitz won the Best Actor award at the prestigious Festival Séries Mania, and the series was named Best French Series of 2015 by the French Film Critics Union (Syndicat Français de La Critique de Cinéma).