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“School of Babel” director Julie Bertuccelli has begun production on her next film, “Claire Darling.” According to Variety, Catherine Deneuve and her daughter Chiara Mastroianni have signed on to star in the fantasy drama. Memento Films is pre-selling the film at the Cannes Market.
“Set over 24 hours, ‘Claire Darling’ turns on a woman (Deneuve) who, convinced after hearing voices that it’s her last day on Earth, decides to have a garage sale to get rid of all the objects she has collected,” Variety summarizes. “Each object stirs vivid memories that take her back in time.” The project is a personal one for Bertuccelli; she is even filming at her grandmother’s suburban home in northern France.
Bertuccelli and Sophie Fillieres (“If You Don’t I Will”) adapted “Claire Darling” from Lynda Rutledge’s book “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale.” Les Films du Poisson is producing. The film has already been pre-bought by France 2 Cinema, Canal Plus, and Cine Plus, and Pyramide is planning an autumn release in France. Memento is presumably pre-selling the film’s international rights.
Memento’s Matthieu Delaunay describes “Claire Darling” as “emotional, subtle, and elegant.” He also mentioned that the film is part of Memento’s slate of women-centric fare such as the Catherine Frot-toplined “Marguerite” and “The Midwife,” an upcoming dramedy starring Deneuve and Frot.
“Be yourself, and don’t be afraid when you doubt or are not sure of yourself, even in front of men,” Bertuccelli advised female filmmakers in an interview with Women and Hollywood. “It’s also our strength to be instinctive, sometimes fragile, and not pretentious.” The director previously helmed the immigration doc “School of Babel” and “The Tree,” a drama about a young girl grieving her father.
Deneuve has been acting on-screen for over half a century. Her credits include “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” “Indochine,” and “8 Women.” The Oscar-nominated actress has received a Berlin Silver Bear for outstanding artistic achievement, an honorary Palme d’Or at Cannes, and the Lumière Award at the 2016 Lumière Grand Lyon Film Festival. One of Deneuve’s more recent films, Emmanuelle Bercot’s “Standing Tall,” opened Cannes 2015.
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- Rachel Montpelier
Memento has sold the project to Germany (Neue Visionen), Benelux (September Film), Switzerland (Frenetic), Austria (Filmladen), Greece (Seven), Israel (Lev) and Turkey (Fabula).
Adapted from Lynda Rutledge’s “Faith Bass Darling’s Last Garage Sale,” “Claire Darling” turns on a woman (Deneuve) who, convinced that she heard voices telling her that it’s her last day on Earth, decides to have a garage sale to get rid of all the objects she has collected. Each object stirs vivid memories that take her back in time in a series of flashbacks.
“Claire Darling” is being produced by Les Films du Poisson, the Paris-based company that has Eric Caravaca’s “Carré 35,” which is in the Cannes special screenings section. “Claire Darling” just started shooting. »
- Elsa Keslassy
Yael Fogiel, co-founder of Les Films du Poisson, said “Claire Darling” was a highly personal project for Bertuccelli. The film is shooting in the home of her grandmother in a northern French suburb.
“This film explores a mother-daughter relationship. It’s emotional, subtle and elegant, and it portrays strong women characters,” said Matthieu Delaunay, sales executive at Memento Films Intl.
Delaunay said “Claire Darling” was part of Memento’s slate of films powered by female protagonists, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Screen investigates which films from around the world could launch on the Croisette, including on opening night.
With just over a month to go before the line-up for this year’s Cannes Film Festival is unveiled in Paris, Croisette predictions and wish lists are hitting the web thick and fast.
Screen’s network of correspondents and contributors around the world have been putting out feelers to get a sense of what might or might not make it to the Palais du Cinéma or one of the parallel sections.
Just like the Oscars, this year’s festival is likely to unfold amid a politically-charged atmosphere. Beyond Trump and the rise of populism across the globe, France will be digesting the result of its own presidential election on May 7. Against this background, the festival will be feting its 70th edition.
Below, Screen reveals which titles might - and might not - be in the running for a place at the »
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