Guédiguian’s Mitterrand biopic
- Veteran actor Michel Bouquet is to play the late French President, based on Jean-Marc Benamou’s controversial biography, “Dernier Mitterand”
Robert Guédiguian is to direct a film based on Georges-Marc Benou’s controversial biography of the late French president, François Mitterand, entitled Dernier Mitterand (The Last Mitterand). Michel Bouquet will play the President and the film will be produced by Film Oblige and co-produced with Guédiguian’s production slate, Agat Films.
Michel Bouquet, 77, won the best actor accolade at the 1991 edition of the European Film Awards for Toto les héros and followed that up 11 years later with a best actor César for Comment j'ai tué mon père [+see also:
film profile]. Bouquet also co-starred opposite Philippe Noiret in Bertrand Blier’s Côtelettes, also selected for competition in Cannes.
The book was adapted for the screen by Gilles Taurand, André Téchiné’s favourite screenwriter: they made Les Egarés which was also selected for competition this year.
Unusually for him, Guédiguian will not be working with his usual “band” of actors (Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gérard Meylan) and the subject matter is very different too. Guédiguian is presently on the Marseille set of his latest feature, Mon père est ingénieur.
(Translated from French)
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