Marion Hänsel takes Olivier Gourmet, Sergi Lopez and John Lynch upriver in En amont du fleuve
by Aurore Engelen
- The Belgian director has just begun the shoot for her new film, co-written with Hubert Mingarelli
Marion Hänsel (Tenderness [+see also:
film profile], Sounds of Sand [+see also:
film profile], Black Ocean [+see also:
film profile]) has just kicked off the shoot for her new film, En amont du fleuve [+see also:
interview: Marion Hänsel
film profile] (lit. “Upriver”). Accustomed to working on big-screen adaptations of novels, this time around she has chosen to entrust the screenplay to one of the authors she has previously adapted, Hubert Mingarelli (Black Ocean). En amont du fleuve, which the filmmaker describes as a psychological adventure story, follows the trek undertaken by two half-brothers who are complete strangers to each other but who have been reunited by bereavement. Homer lived with his father, while Joe was brought up by his mother, far away from this father he knows nothing, or very little, about. They both get on board a small boat and sail up a river in Croatia, in search of their missing dad. Along the way, they cross paths with Sean, an Irish man who used to work with their father, and who may perhaps be able to provide them with some guidance in their quest.
In front of the camera, the director is reunited with three actors who have already crossed paths with her. In the role of Sean is John Lynch, who she directed almost 20 years ago in her South African thriller The Quarry. Meanwhile, in the roles of Homer and Joe, we have Olivier Gourmet and Sergi Lopez, who she had already brought together in her previous film, Tenderness.
En amont du fleuve is produced by the director’s own company, Man’s Films, and is co-produced by SNG Film in the Netherlands and by Kinorama in Croatia. The shoot, which got going last week in Croatia, will last one month. The movie has received backing from the Film and Audiovisual Centre of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation, in addition to support from the Netherlands Film Fund and the Croatian Audiovisual Center. Cinéart will handle distribution of the title in Belgium.
(Translated from French)