Madame Hyde by Serge Bozon for Arte France Cinéma
by Fabien Lemercier
- The film will see Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu and Romain Duris join forces; Arte France Cinéma will also co-produce movies by Thierry de Peretti and Hafsia Herzi
Arte France Cinéma’s (managed by Olivier Père) fourth selection committee of 2015 has chosen to get involved in the co-production and pre-purchasing of three projects. Standing out among them is Madame Hyde, which will be the third feature by Serge Bozon, following France [+see also:
film profile] and Tip Top [+see also:
interview: Serge Bozon
film profile], which were presented in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2007 and 2013. Incidentally, the filmmaker will be reunited with one of the stars of his second opus, namely Isabelle Huppert, who this time around will share the screen with Gérard Depardieu and Romain Duris.
Billed as a modern, loose and female version of the famous short story by Robert Louis Stevenson (The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde), in the guise of a fantastical comedy about the challenges of modern-day education, and the topics of learning at school and the relationship between pupils and teachers, Madame Hyde will revolve around Mrs Géquil, a shy teacher in a vocational college in the suburbs, who feels a new and mysterious force rising within her after an experiment goes wrong. The screenplay is co-written by Serge Bozon and his regular collaborator Axelle Ropert, and the production will be helmed by Les Films Pelléas.
Arte France Cinéma will also be a partner on Une vie violente, the second feature by Thierry de Peretti, who turned heads in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2013 with Les Apaches [+see also:
film profile]. Written by the director together with Guillaume Bréaud, the story explores a chronicle of crime and intimacy that takes place in Corsica and Paris between 1991 and 2001. Having been in exile in Paris for the past year, Stéphane decides to return to Corsica in spite of the death threat hanging over his head, in order to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, who has just been murdered. It’s a chance for him to reminisce about the events that led him, a cultured petty bourgeois from Bastia, to move from petty crime onto a mob mentality, then from a mob mentality onto political radicalisation and the underground movement, and then finally onto banishment. Une vie violente will be produced by Les Films Velvet.
Lastly, Arte France Cinéma has selected the project Bonnes Mères, which will be the feature-length directorial debut by actress Hafsia Herzi (winner of the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2008 for The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
interview: Hafsia Herzi
film profile]). The movie will be set on a high-rise council estate in Marseille’s northern suburbs, and the main character will be a 60-year-old woman bursting with inexhaustible energy, who keeps a watchful eye on her small family, her children and their friends. The production will be entrusted to Abdellatif Kechiche, for Quat'sous Films.
As previously reported, Arte France Cinéma is also backing the upcoming films by Bruno Dumont, Bertrand Bonello, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud des Pallières, Mia Hansen-Løve, Alain Guiraudie, Paul Verhoeven, Sergeï Loznitsa, Alessandro Comodin, Mehmet Can Mertoglu, Whit Stillman, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Samuel Maoz, Mohamed Diab, Axelle Ropert, Mikhaël Hers, Davy Chou, Caroline Deruas, Rayhana Obermeyer, Sacha Wolff, Michael Dudok de Wit, Jean-François Laguionie, and sisters Delphine and Muriel Coulin.
(Translated from French)