Riad Sattouf directs Jacky in Women's Kingdom
by Fabien Lemercier
- The director of The French Kissers has just started shooting his second feature to star Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincent Lacoste, and Michel Hazanavicius.
On Monday, September 24, filming started for Jacky in Women's Kingdom, Riad Sattouf's second fiction feature film. After he was revealed with the original and very funny The French Kissers [+see also:
film profile] (an attraction at the Cannes Directors' Fortnight in 2009, 905,000 admissions in France, and the 2010 Cesar for Best First Film), the filmmaker (who is also known for his talent as a cartoonist) is now to direct Vincent Lacoste (nominated for the Cesar for most promising actor for his performance in Sattouf's last film, and soon to appear in Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia [+see also:
film profile]) for the second time, beside Noémie Lvovsky (whose film Camille Rewinds [+see also:
film profile] is currently doing well in cinemas), film star Charlotte Gainsbourg (to arrive straight off the film set of Lars von Trier's Nymphomaniac), Anémone, Laure Marsac, Didier Bourdon, Valérie Bonneton, and Oscar-winning director and actor Michel Hazanavicius.
Written by Riad Sattouf, the screenplay is set in the Popular Democratic Republic of Bubunne where women are in power, command, and wage war, while men wear veils and look after their homes. Among them, 20-year-old Jacky (Vincent Lacoste) has the same impossible dream as all the other young single men in his country: to marry the Colonel (Charlotte Gainsbourg), the female dictator (Anémone)'s daughter, and to have lots of little girls with her. But when the General finally decides to throw a ball to find her daughter a husband, things start to go wrong for Jacky. Mistreated by his step family, he can see his dream slowly crumble...
Produced by Anne Dominique Toussaint for Les Films des Tournelles (who participated in producing The French Kissers), Jacky in Women's Kingdom also benefits from co-productions by Pathé, Studio 37, and France 2 Cinéma. It has been pre-acquired by Canal + and Ciné +, and has received support from the Ile-de-France region as well as Sofica Cofimage 24, Soficinéma 9, Banque Postale Image 6, and Cinémage 7. Filming should continue until December 14 in France and Georgia. Pathé is to handle the film's distribution in France and international sales.
Les Films des Tournelles also have Philippe Le Guay's Cycling with Molière (read more) in post-production.
(Translated from French)
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