Peter Sarsgaard and Jérémie Rénier filming Lady Grey
by Fabien Lemercier
- Emily Mortimer and Claude Rich are also in the cast of this first feature by Alain Choquart. A "Le Bureau" production, filming in South Africa
Since November 25, the filming of Lady Grey [+see also:
interview: Jérémie Renier
film profile], the first feature by Alain Choquart (the former cinematographer of Bertrand Tavernier),is taking place in South Africa where it will continue until January 22. According to our information, the cast features American actor Peter Sarsgaard (recently appreciated in Blue Jasmine and Night Moves), Belgian actor Jérémie Rénier (the favourite actor of the Dardenne brothers, nominated this year for the César for Best Actor in My Way [+see also:
film profile] and soon on screen in 2014 with Saint Laurent by Bertrand Bonello), English actress Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and French actor Claude Rich (nominated four times for the César for Best Actor in a Supporting Role including once in 2013 for Cherchez Hortense [+see also:
film profile]). Also in the cast, Jude Foley, Sibongile Mlambo, South-African singer Aura Msimang and Irish actor Liam Cunningham.
Adapted by Alain Choquart with the help of Laurence Coriat from two novels by Hubert Mingarelli (La dernière neige and Une rivière verte et silencieuse), the screenplay (which received a Special Mention at the Sopadin Prize 2010 for Best Screenwriter) delves into the heart of a French mission at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains. A community of black and white South-Africans lives here with the trauma of an unsolved massacre that no-one can forget. From the innocent to the guilty and from confrontations to forgiveness, they all fight to find the peace they so desperately need...
Produced by Bertrand Faivre for Le Bureau, Lady Grey is co-produced by the Belgian company Artémis Productions, Moonlighting of South Africa and the British company Spies Production Limited. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Orange Cinéma Séries and TV5, the film is notably backed by an advance on receipts from the CNC (for 450,000 euros), Eurimages, Sofica Cofinova and France Télévisions Distribution (which has bought the video rights). French distribution will be handled by Rezo and international sales by The Bureau Sales.
Via his British outfit, The Bureau, Bertrand Faivre is also handling the post-production of A Little Chaos by Alan Rickman (with Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts in the cast) which he is producing with Potboilers. The Bureau also co-produced Le weekend [+see also:
film profile] by Roger Michell, unveiled in Toronto, with Best Actor Award in San Sebastian for Jim Broadbent, which made 1.65 M€ in revenue in the UK and will be released in France on March 12, 2014, via ARP Sélection.
(Translated from French)