Cattet and Forzani gear up to shoot Laissez bronzer les cadavres
by Aurore Engelen
- Working with Anonymes Films and Tobina Film yet again, the pair plunges into the world of adaptations, tackling a Jean-Patrick Manchette novel
Following Amer [+see also:
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film profile], modern and captivating tributes to the giallo genre, which was glorified in Italy by Dario Argento and Mario Bava during the 1960s and 1970s, the terrible twosome of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani will try their hand at the weird-west genre with Laissez bronzer les cadavres (lit. “Let the Bodies Sunbathe”), their adaptation of cult author Jean-Patrick Manchette’s novel (co-written in 1971 with Jean-Pierre Bastid).
Every summer, Luce, an eccentric 50-something painter, spends her time in a small and isolated township, which lies in ruins in southern France, surrounded by guests. This summer, these guests are Max Bernier (an old flame, author and alcoholic), her current squeeze (a lawyer named Bisorgueil), and three friends of his whom she has yet to meet: Rhino, Gros and Alex. After finishing their shopping in town, these three unknowns attack an armoured truck and make off with 250 kg of gold. They then return to Luce’s place, counting on her to hide them until the end of the summer… But certain events will throw a spanner in the works, and the hamlet will transform itself into a battlefield over the course of a very long and turbulent day, which we follow almost minute by minute.
The leading roles will be played by Elina Löwensohn (Suite Armoricaine [+see also:
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interview: Abdellatif Kechiche
film profile]), Stéphane Ferrara (formerly a professional boxer, who can be seen in Women for Sale and Rage) and Hervé Sogne (La Volante [+see also:
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interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile]) is on board for the cinematography. The shoot, which kicked off on 30 May, will last 40 days, and will take place in France, Italy and Belgium.
The film is a Franco-Belgian production, produced by Anonymes Films and co-produced by Tobina Film, with the participation of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation’s Film and Audiovisual Centre, BeTV, Wallimage/Bruxellimage and BNP Paribas Fortis Film Finance in Belgium, and Canal+, Ciné+, the CNC, the territorial collective of Corsica and the Pays de la Loire region. Creative Europe has also thrown its support behind the film, which will be sold internationally by Bac Films Distribution, with Shellac handling its French distribution.
(Translated from French)