On January 12, 2009 in the 13th arrondissement of Paris, Claude Berri died at the age of 74 leaving behind two sons (he had a son, actor Julien Rassam, but he committed suicide in 2002, nldr) , director Thomas Langmann and Darius.

One of the greatest directors of French cinema left a legacy of 85 million euros but also a collection of works of art which began in the 1980s: officially 1,200 works, Nearly 600 paintings, drawings, photos, sculptures and furniture that abound in his mansion on rue de Lille in Paris.

But a war rages between the two heirs: Thomas Langmann and his half-brother Darius, fifteen years his junior, born from the union of the filmmaker with Sylvie Gautrelet.

In front of the notary, they discover a twenty-year-old will, which gives a larger share to Darius. But an arrangement emerges. Darius renounces the will and agrees to share fairly with his older brother, in exchange for shares in a movie company. He then instructs his half-brother to identify the works that they will have to share.

Except that Thomas is convinced that Darius would have concealed part of their father’s inheritance. He also accuses his mother-in-law, the writer Nathalie Rheims, who shared the last ten years of Claude Berri’s life. According to him, hundreds of works of art have vanished. “Concerning the disappeared works, we do not know the precise perimeter. The value of the works of art fluctuates, it is believed that there are several tens of millions of euros”, explained Me Gersende Cenac, lawyer Thomas Langmann, in Complement investigation on France 2 last May.

As reported by Figaro, notaries and experts must now present their defense before the Paris court on Monday, June 28. “The judges will then set the date for the pleadings. The civil section will be one of the major judicial meetings of 2022. The criminal section will not be examined before 2025.”

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