Polisse: Maïwenn at the juvenile division
by Fabien Lemercier
A sparkling cast is lined up for what will be Maïwenn’s third feature Polisse, which began lensing in Paris on Monday. The director of Forgive Me [+see also:
film profile] (nominated for a César in 2007 for Best Debut Film and Best Upcoming Female Actress) and of the The Actress’ Ball [+see also:
film profile] (2009) features in the lead role alongside rapper Joey Starr (nominated for a César earlier this year for Best Supporting Role for his role in the latter), Karine Viard (Potiche [+see also:
film profile]), Marina Foïs (starring in The Big Picture [+see also:
film profile] from November 3), young Italian star Riccardo Scamarcio (Loose cannons [+see also:
film profile]) and Nicolas Duvauchelle (Happy Few [+see also:
film profile]). Other cast members include Arnaud Henriet, Karol Rocher, Sandrine Kiberlain and Louis-Do de Lencquesaing.
With a script written co-written by Maïwenn and Emmanuelle Bercot (who also co-stars), the plot centres on how Fred, a rebel at the juvenile division in Paris, falls for Mélissa, a photographer appointed by the Ministry for the Interior to do a documentary on him. Torn between Fred and the world that is open to him, and her fickle and rich conductor husband, François, how will Mélissa, from her very bourgeois 16th arrondissement of Paris cope with understanding the violent reality of Fred’s life?
Produced by Alain Attal for Les Films du Trésor, Polisse is co-produced by Arte France Cinéma and Mars Films (who is handling the titles’s French distribution) and was bought by Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. The nine-week shoot will take place in the Paris region until October 29. The score will be composed by Gabriel Yared, while international sales are being handled by Wild Bunch.
Following the success of Radu Mihaileanu’s The Concert [+see also:
interview: Radu Mihaileanu
film profile], Les Films du Trésor are also pinning their hopes on Guillaume Canet’s Little White Lies [+see also:
film profile] (see article), which premieres in Toronto and opens in France on October 20, as well as a title in post-production A View of Love [+see also:
film profile] directed by Nicole Garcia (see news).
(Translated from French)