Juana Acosta to play Anna for Jacques Toulemonde Vidal
by Fabien Lemercier
- Shooting will begin in May for the Colombian actress, who is heading up the cast of the French filmmaker’s feature debut, produced by Noodles Production
According to Cineuropa’s sources, on 5 May, shooting will kick off in Paris for the feature debut by Jacques Toulemonde Vidal: the road movie Anna [+see also:
interview: Jacques Toulemonde
film profile]. Having garnered a lot of attention with his short film Un juego de ninos (in competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2011), the Bogotá-born French director has picked Colombian actress Juana Acosta (particularly popular last year for her role in 11.6 [+see also:
interview: Philippe Godeau
film profile], currently shooting the Spanish film Tiempo sin aire [+see also:
film profile] by Andrés Luque and Samuel Martín, and hitting screens soon in Le règne de la beauté by Denys Arcand) to head up his cast. She is joined by actor Bruno Clairefond (who rose to fame thanks to his Best Actor Award at Clermont-Ferrand in 2008 for La main sur la gueule and has also appeared in A Real Life [+see also:
film profile], among others) and Kolia Abiteboul.
Written by the director, the story revolves around Anna, a young woman of Colombian heritage who is living in Paris and has to battle against the fragility of her psyche on a daily basis. She would like to spend more time with Nathan, her eight-year-old son, but Philippe, her ex-husband, doesn’t think she is capable of doing this and therefore prevents her from doing so. Anna thus decides to leave France suddenly with Nathan. She manages to convince Bruno, her boyfriend, to join her as she runs away, and the three of them fly off to Colombia. During their journey, Anna will gain an insight into the possibility of creating a new family and will face up to the difficult reality of being a mother.
Produced by Julien Naveau for Noodles Production (which also currently has Don't Grow Up by Thierry Poiraud in production - read the article), Anna is particularly benefitting from co-production by Colombian firm Janus Films and an advance on receipts by the CNC. Interestingly, the project features among the former prizewinners of the “Emergence” directing residence. The shoot will go on for eight weeks – two in Paris and six in Colombia. Distribution in France will be handled by Jour2Fête.
(Translated from French)