EXCLUSIVE: Former BUF executive in Cannes with trio of films.

Alexis Perrin, a former executive at respected Paris-based special effects company BUF, is launching his new development and production company Rumble Fish in Cannes.

The company screens Jean-Luc Herbulot’s Paris-set thriller Dealer in the market today.

The film shot over two weeks on a budget of just $175,000 (€125,000) in one of the capital’s tough outer city neighbourhoods, the film is already generating considerable interest among US buyers.

It revolves around a drug dealer whose attempts to exit the narcotic trade backfire. Actor Dan Bronchinson stars in and produced the film.

Herbulot says the film is the first in a trilogy of intertwined stories featuring the same assortment of Paris underbelly characters.

“The press who have seen the trailer are describing it as the French Pusher but it’s not exactly that, although I am flattered by the comparison… it’s got a different aesthetic,” commented director Congolese-French filmmaker Jean Luc Herbulot, who is represented by Jeff Gorin and Rich Cook in WME.

Perrin is also supporting Taiwanese director Ho Wi Ding’s time-shifting sci-fi Cities of Last Things, revolving around a Taipei cop who turns to mass murder, and Blue Elephant by Egyptian filmmaker Marwan Hamed, who was in Cannes in 2011 with the portmanteau film 18 Days