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Cannes 2012: Next up for Jacques Audiard, a drug cartel musical?

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CANNES, France -- With “Rust & Bone” stirring major buzz at the Cannes Film Festival, just now opening in theaters in the rest of France and months away from cinemas in the United States, director Jacques Audiard is far from ready to decide on his next project. One unexpected notion, however, has crossed his mind.

“I really feel like making a musical comedy about weapons and the drug traffic,” he said in an interview Friday on a Cannes rooftop with a gorgeous view of pleasure boats at anchor. “I was very struck by hearing that each of the drug cartels in Colombia has their own band and their own song writers to write music about them.’

In a similar vein, Audiard expressed admiration for Brazilian director Glauber Rocha’s little-seen 1964 bandit classic “Black God, White Devil.”

As the director of ‘A Prophet’ has proved repeatedly, business as usual is not on his mind.

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