Mon Amie Victoria: Jean-Paul Civeyrac adapts Doris Lessing
by Fabien Lemercier
- A regular at big festivals, the filmmaker begins the shooting of his 8th feature film and stays loyal to Films Pelléas
First clap on August 26th for the shooting of the 8th feature film by Jean-Paul Civeyrac: Mon Amie Victoria. Based on the novel Victoria et les Staveney by famous British author Doris Lessing (Nobel Prize for Literature in 2007), the film’s cast brings together Guslagie Malanda, Catherine Mouchet, Pascal Greggory, Stanley Weber, Pierre Andrau and Nadia Moussa.
Written by the director, the screenplay focuses on Victoria, an 8 year-old black girl from a poor background, who by chance discovers the life of a bourgeois family and marvels at it. Years later, she meets Thomas again, one of the sons of this family. Marie is born of their short love story. Victoria decides not to tell Thomas about her and raises her child alone. When Marie is seven years old, Victoria decides that her daughter should have a better future than she did and turns to this family she had lost sight of.
Discovered in Venice in 1996 with his first feature film (Ni d’Eve ni d’Adam), Jean-Paul Civeyrac was selected for the Forum of the Berlinale in 2002 with two films (Spirits and Men's Gentle Love), Locarno in 2003 with All the Fine Promises (which was also awarded the Jean Vigo Prize), Toronto in 2005 with Trough the Forest [+see also:
film profile] and the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes in 2010 with Young Girls in Black [+see also:
Produced by Philippe Martin (the accomplice of Civeyrac for all his feature films), Mon Amie Victoria is coproduced by Belgian company Versus Production. Pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+ and funded by the advance on receipts of the CNC and Soficinéma, the feature film whose shooting should last eight weeks will be distributed in France and sold internationally by Les Films du Losange.
On September 4th, Les Films Pelléas will launch Tirez la langue mademoiselle by Axelle Ropert (article) and Tip Top [+see also:
interview: Serge Bozon
film profile] by Serge Bozon (discovered at the Directors’ Fortnight – read the review and watch the video interview) on September 11th. In post-production, Il est parti dimanche by Nicole Garcia (article) stands out, as well as Dans la cour by Pierre Salvadori (article) and Métamorphoses by Christophe Honoré (article), whilst in the autumn, the shooting of Faire connaissance avec la France [+see also:
film profile] by Danielle Arbid (article) will begin.
(Translated from French)