Jacques Doillon filming Rodin
by Fabien Lemercier
- The filmmaker brings together a cast comprising Vincent Lindon, Izïa Higelin and Séverine Caneele for this Les Films du Lendemain production being sold by Wild Bunch
Last Monday saw shooting for Jacques Doillon’s 28th feature film, Rodin, begin in Chartres. For this film, the director, who has been selected in competition at Berlin four times (in 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1998) and at Venice four times (in 1986, 1987, 1996 and 2003), in addition to two appearances on the Croisette (in 1979 and 1984), has chosen to focus on a famous figure from art history: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). To take on the role of this self-taught man of the people and revolutionary sculptor (the most brilliant of his time), Doillon has called upon Vincent Lindon (last year’s winner of Cannes’ Best Actor Award and Best Actor at the César Awards this year for his role in The Measure of a Man [+see also:
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Written by Jacques Doillon, the script sees a 42-year-old Rodin meet Camille Claudel, a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation. More than a decade of work and passionate engagement ensues. Countless break-ups are followed by just as many make-ups, until Camille decides to break up definitively, something from which she will never recover, and from which Rodin himself will emerge deeply wounded. The film also recounts the artist's numerous affairs with assistants and models, as well as his relationship with Rose Beuret, his lifelong partner. We discover Rodin as an erotically charged sensualist, for whom art is a profoundly sexual delight – a sculptor of flesh in movement, who gives life to the very stone itself.
Produced by Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain, Rodin is being co-produced by Wild Bunch (which will also handle the film’s French distribution and international sales), France 3 Cinéma and Belgian outfit Artémis Productions. The feature film, the rights for which have been bought in advance by Canal+ and Cine+, also has an advance on receipts from the CNC and can rely on the talents of Christophe Beaucarne as DoP and Pascaline Chavanne in costume design. The almost ten-week shoot is scheduled to take place until mid-July in Touraine and Ile-de-France.
As a reminder, Les Films du Lendemain, whose filmography notably includes titles by Bertrand Bonello, Benoît Jacquot, Cédric Kahn and Lou Ye, currently has Gilles Bourdos’ Espèces menacées on its books in post-production (read the news) and will release Marie Madinier’s Le Secret des banquises [+see also:
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interview: Alexandros Avranas
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(Translated from French)