Benoît Poelvoorde and Virginie Efira for Famille à louer
by Fabien Lemercier
- The two Belgian actors are to star in the new film by Jean-Pierre Améris, a Pan-Européenne production that is about to start shooting
On Tuesday 10 June, the first clapperboard will slam to kick off the shoot for the tenth fiction feature film by Jean-Pierre Améris: Famille à louer [+see also:
film profile] (lit. “Family for Rent”). Winner of the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes in 1996 with Les aveux de l’innocent, Best Director at San Sebastian in 2001 for C’est la vie, selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2004 with Lightweight and out of competition at Venice in 2012 with The Man Who Laughs [+see also:
interview: Christa Théret
film profile], the filmmaker is revisiting comedy territory, where his brand of delicate humanity previously worked wonders with the commercial success Romantics Anonymous [+see also:
film profile] in 2010. For the movie, he has again cast Belgian actor Benoît Poelvoorde (nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2005 and 2006, popular recently in Le grand soir [+see also:
film profile] and soon to be seen on screens in La rançon de la gloire). He will be joined by his fellow countrywoman Virginie Efira (20 ans d'écart [+see also:
film profile], Dead Man Talking [+see also:
film profile]) and François Morel.
Written by the director together with Murielle Magellan, the story’s main character is Paul-André, a forty-something, shy and rather introverted man. Very well off but lonely, he starts to get thoroughly bored and eventually comes to the conclusion that what he needs is a family! Meanwhile, Violette, a go-getting 40-year-old, is being threatened with eviction and is afraid of losing custody of her two children. And so Paul-André suggests a totally above-board agreement involving renting out her family in exchange for repurchasing her debts. For better or for worse...
Produced by Philippe Godeau and Nathalie Gastaldo for Pan-Européenne, Famille à louer is benefitting from co-productions by StudioCanal and France 3 Cinéma, as well as pre-purchases by Canal+ and Ciné+. Filming will continue until 9 August in the Paris region. Distribution in France and international sales (except Benelux) will be handled by StudioCanal.
For the record, Jean-Pierre Améris also has Marie’s Story: From Darkness to Light (read the article) in store, which has just had its market premiere at Cannes.
(Translated from French)