Hiner Saleem shooting Lady Winsley
by Fabien Lemercier
- The feature being staged by Agat Films, in co-production with Istanbul Film Production and Versus Production, will be sold overseas by Films Distribution
Hiner Saleem has been shooting Lady Winsley, a film being co-produced by France, Turkey and Belgium, since 27 February. This is the tenth feature by the director of Vodka Lemon (parallel section at Venice in 2003), Kilomètre Zéro [+see also:
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2005), Dol [+see also:
film profile] (2007 Berlinale Forum), Beneath the Rooftops of Paris [+see also:
film profile] (Best Actor Award for Michel Piccoli at Locarno in 2007), If You Die, I Kill You [+see also:
film profile] (2011) and My Sweet Pepper Land [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled in Un Certain Regard in 2013).
The cast includes Mehmet Kurtulus (Special Award at Locarno for his performance in Fatih Akin’s Short Sharp Shock; popular recently in Clair Obscur [+see also:
film profile]), popular actress Ezgi Mola (Celal and Ceren, Boss Wants a Happy Ending), seasoned thesp Ahmet Uz, Mesut Akusta (The Mountain) and Ergun Kuyucu (Baskin).
Written by the director and Véronique Wüthrich, in conjunction with Thomas Bidegain, the story kicks off when American novelist Lady Winsley is murdered in the small Turkish seaside town of Yeniköy. The renowned Inspector Fergün arrives from Istanbul to head up the inquiry. With the help of beautiful hostel manageress Azra, he must then seek to unearth the well-guarded secrets in this tiny corner of the country where taboos are plentiful, family ties are close, traditions are passed down from generation to generation, and the ethnic diversity is broader than the population’s minds.
Produced by Marc Bordure and Robert Guédiguian for Agat Films & Cie, Lady Winsley is being co-produced by Turkish outfit Istanbul Film Production and Belgium’s Versus Production. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature is also backed by Eurimages. The 36-day shoot will take place entirely in Turkey. The French distribution will be handled by Memento Films and international sales are being managed by Films Distribution.
For the record, Agat Films & Cie and its sister company Ex Nihilo currently have The House by the Sea by Robert Guédiguian (see the article), Cornelius, the Howling Miller by Yann le Quellec (see the article), Luna by Elsa Diringer (see the article) and Gaspard va au mariage by Antony Cordier (see the article) in post-production. Their titles in production include Paul Sanchez est revenu! by Patricia Mazuy (see the article) and the documentary Adolescentes by Sébastien Lifshitz. Finally, The Young Karl Marx [+see also:
film profile] by Raoul Peck, which was unveiled at the Berlinale, went on general release in Germany last week.
(Translated from French)