Bonnell to start shooting La Dame de Trèfle
by Fabien Lemercier
03/10/2008 - Shooting gets underway on Monday in the Paris area on Jérôme Bonnell’s La Dame de Trèfle (“The Queen of Clubs”). This is the director’s fourth feature after Olga’s Chignon (2002), Pale Eyes [film focus] (Jean Vigo Award 2005 - see Focus) and Waiting for Someone [trailer] (2007).
The film stars Malik Zidi (four nominations since 2001 for the Best Male Newcomer Cesar and winner in 2007 for Poison Friends) and two actors who appeared in Bonnell’s latest film: Florence Loiret-Caille (Let It Rain [trailer]) and Jean-Pierre Darroussin (who won acclaim at this year’s Cannes Festival in Grown Ups [trailer] and Le Voyage aux Pyrénées [trailer]). The cast also includes Marc Barbé (La Vie en Rose [trailer]) and the director’s usual collaborators Nathalie Boutefeu, Marc Citti and Judith Rémy.
Written by 31-year-old Bonnell, the film centres on Aurélien (Zidi) who lives with his sister Argine (Loiret-Caille) in a strange cohabitation that they both accept. By day, Aurélien is a florist whereas by night, he hides stolen metal, an illegal activity orchestrated by Simon (Darroussin). But a chain of events drives Aurélien to commit an irreparable deed.
Produced by Laurent Lavolé and Isabelle Pragier for Gloria Films, La Dame de Trèfle has a budget of €2.52m. This includes co-production support from Octave Films, a €500,000 advance on receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC), €378,000 from the Ile-de-France region and pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma.
Shooting is scheduled to last 35 days. Le Pacte will handle domestic distribution and international sales.
Gloria Films – who have previously produced Gaël Morel’s After Him [trailer] and Faouzi Bensaïdi’s What a Wonderful World [trailer] – will see the release on December 17 of their production Le Chant des mariées [trailer] (“The Song of the Brides”) by Karin Albou (who was discovered in Cannes Critics’ Week 2005 with Little Jerusalem).
(Translated from French)