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Pauline Kael may have dubbed David Lynch “the first popular surrealist,” but the honor is more accurately bestowed upon Spanish maestro Luis Buñuel. Though his Salvador Dalí collaboration, Un chien andalou (1929), is regarded as a touchstone of the movement, it was not until later in his career that Buñuel would exploit the very meaning of the surreal, brashly straying from his contemporaries’ aesthetically driven impulses. With the respectively never-ending and never-beginning dinner parties of his elliptical masterpieces The Exterminating Angel (1962) and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Buñuel’s breed of Surrealism drew itself so close to the upper middle-class quotidian, it became far more subversive than any old melting clock. The conceptual hysteria of his films is in turn grounded by a simplified mise-en-scène; the surroundings are such that any outlandish yarn appears rooted in reality. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Powered by Adeline Fontan Tessaur and Eva Diederix, Paris-based Elle Driver has shifted into high gear with high-caliber French projects like “Standing Tall” and Benoit Jacquot’s “Diary of a Chambermaid,” an adaptation of Octave Mirbeau’s classic novel toplining Lea Seydoux and Vincent Lindon.
Co-written by Helene Zimmer, “Chambermaid” brings together Jacquot, his “Farewell, My Queen” star Seydoux, sales company Elle Driver and producers Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain and Jean-Pierre Guerin for Jpg Films.
Deneuve plays a children’s magistrate that centers on a young delinquent’s coming of age. Benoit Magimel (“Little White Lies”) and Sara Forestier (“Suzanne”) also star. Les film du Kiosque is producing with Wild Bunch, which is also distributing in France.
- Elsa Keslassy
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