Arte France Cinéma backs Dumont’s seventh feature, starring Binoche
by Fabien Lemercier
25/11/2011 - The tragic destiny of the sculptor Camille Claudel will be the focus of Bruno Dumont’s seventh feature, which will start shooting next February in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Piloted by 3B Productions, the project has just been selected by Arte France Cinéma which will support it through co-production and pre-acquisitions.
For the first time in his career, the director of Outside Satan [trailer] (unveiled on the Croisette in May) and two-time winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes (in 1999 with Humanity and in 2006 for Flanders [trailer]) has cast a star: Juliette Binoche [pictured] (set to be seen next year in Malgorzata Szumowska’s Elles - see news, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis - see news, Sylvie Testud’s The Life of Another - see news - and Marion Lainé’s A Monkey on My Shoulder - see news). The actress will play Camille Claudel (in the eponymous film of the same name), who in 1914 was committed by her family to a mental asylum in the South of France where she spent the last 30 years of her life and never sculpted again.
As a reminder, the character of Camille Claudel has already been successfully portrayed on the big screen by Isabelle Adjani who received a Silver Bear at Berlin, a César Award and an Oscar nomination in 1990 for the role.
Arte France Cinéma has also selected Faire l’Amour (“Making Love”), the second feature film project by Djinn Carrénard, who is attracting attention from critics this week after Wednesday’s release of Donoma [trailer] (see news) which is also among the list of contenders for the Louis Delluc Prize 2011 for Best Debut Film. Produced by Grégory Bernard for Realitism Films, Faire l’Amour, which is expected to start shooting in mid-December, will once again explore the theme of the couple through the characters of a young woman released from prison who is looking for her daughter and a handicapped artist in search of inspiration.
Among the other projects selected in 2011 by Arte France Cinéma, we can recall directorial duo Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern’s Le Grand Soir (“The Big Night”, see news); Quentin Dupieux’s Wrong (see news); Leos Carax’s Holly Motors; Stéphane Brizé’s A Few Hours Of Spring (see news); Post Tenebras Lux by Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas; Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s Laurence Anyways; Sylvie Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century (see news); Teona Grenade’s Dzma; Yves Caumon’s The Bird (see news); Hiam Abbass’s Héritage; Lucie Chaufour’s Rosa; Carlos D. Lechuga’s Melaza; Hélène Fillières’s The Adored (see news); and Samuel Collardey’s Le Lionceau (“The Lion Cub”, see news).
(Translated from French)