Tavernier and La Princesse de Montpensier
by Fabien Lemercier
After success with In the Electric Mist [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Tavernier
film profile] (a Berlin competition entry and a current box office hit in France), Bertrand Tavernier is taking a break from thrillers and has started working on a European history title about 16th century French aristocracy. La Princesse de Montpensier – his 24th feature – begins lensing on September 28 and will star Mélanie Thierry (Largo Winch [+see also:
film profile]), Lambert Wilson (Comme les autres [+see also:
film profile]), Gaspard Ulliel (The Vintner's Luck [+see also:
film profile] to screen soon at Toronto), Louis Garrel (on screen now in Making Plans for Lena [+see also:
film profile]) and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet (L’armée du crime [+see also:
film profile], opening 16 September).
Adapted by Tavernier, Jean Cosmos (a two-time Cesar nominee with Tavernier for scripting Capitaine Conan and La vie et rien d'autre) and François-Olivier Rousseau from a short story by Madame de La Fayette (published in 1662), La Princesse de Montpensier is a tale of the passions and tragic fate of a princess, a rich heiress of a French kingdom under threat in the wars of religion of 1562. The focal point of La Fayette’s work is the love Mlle de Mézières feels since a child for the duke de Guise and how she feels forced to marry the prince of Montpensier despite still being in love with the duke.
Produced by Marc Silam and Eric Heuman for Paradis Films, the title has received pre-sales and co-production funding from France 2 Cinéma, as well as an advance on receipts from the Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC). The city of Angers, the Centre and Cantal regions are hosting the nine-week shoot, while French release will be handled by StudioCanal (also co-producer) who are also managing world sales.
(Translated from French)
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