Christian Carion prepares En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît
by Fabien Lemercier
- The director of Joyeux Noel and Farewell is writing the script for his next film about the events of May 1940.
After The Girl from Paris (2.4 million admissions in France in 2001), Joyeux Noel [+see also:
interview: Christian Carion
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film profile] (out of competition in Cannes in 2005, 2 million admissions in France, and nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe in the best foreign film category), and Farewell [+see also:
film profile] (discovered at the 2009 Toronto Film Festival, and with 800,000 admissions in France), Christian Carion (pictured) is now writing the script for En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “In May, do what you want to do”) about the events of May 1940.
This is the film’s statement of intent: Churchill would repeat it at every meeting and every dinner party in London: The French army was the best in the world, and England had nothing to fear if war broke out on the continent. But on May 1940, the German army attacked and, after only 10 days, the leaders of the world’s best army knew that all was lost. Ten million French hit the roads to leave their homes, to flee south or west. Abandoned by the public authorities of the time, left to their own devices, they attempted to survive while crossing regions that had returned to the wild... Cinema has paid very little attention to the destiny of these people, those forgotten by the official version of history.
En mai, fais ce qu’il te plaît will be produced by the film director’s usual partner in crime, Christophe Rossignon, for Nord-Ouest Films in association with Pathé Films whose team should distribute the film in France and sell it worldwide.
(Translated from French)