Emile Hirsch for The Observer Effect
by Fabien Lemercier
- ElianeAntoinette is at the German-French Film Meeting presenting a project starring Emile Hirsch, Andrew Scott and Michael Nyqvist
Standing out among the 23 projects being presented at the co-production market of the German-French Film Meeting, organised for today and tomorrow in Marseille by Unifrance and German Films, is The Observer Effect, which is set to be the feature debut by Frédéric Planchon, a director who has built up an international reputation in the advertising sector. Staged by French outfits ElianeAntoinette and Le Bureau together with Germany’s Barry Films, the English-language project, which falls into the “elevated thriller” genre, has a provisional cast including American actor Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Prince of Texas), Ireland’s Andrew Scott (Pride [+see also:
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Written by Frédéric Planchon, Ewan Kilgour and Fiona Seres, the story unfolds over four final days, adopting several different angles as it recounts the misfortunes of Paul Benson, a specialist in quantum mathematics who becomes the target of a complex mesh of crime syndicates and economic and government organisations, after he discovers a new method of encrypting communications.
The predicted budget for The Observer Effect stands at €6.5 million, and the shoot is slated for summer 2016 in Frankfurt. Already supported by such sources as the Franco-German Co-production Mini-Treaty, the project is currently in search of an international sales agent, and theatrical distributors for France and Germany.
Managed by Candice Zaccagnino, ElianeAntoinette recently produced Eva & Leon [+see also:
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(Translated from French)