Benoît Magimel stars in Samuel Doux’s Dune Dreams
by Fabien Lemercier
- Igor van Dessel, Johannes Kuhknke, Agata Buzek, Mercedes Cabral and Madj Mastoura also feature in the cast. An Avenue B and Vito Films production
Following a short shoot in Dubai in December, the rest of Dune Dreams– Samuel Doux’s first feature film – will be filmed from 7 to 12 January in Belgium (in Liège) before moving to the Ile-de-France region. This fantasy psychological drama boasts an international cast, including the French actor Benoît Magimel (winner of an Acting Award at Cannes in 2001 for The Piano Teacher, a César Award in 2016 for Best Supporting Actor for Standing Tall, recently appreciated in Memoir of War and Carbon, and due to hit the big screen next year in Nous finirons ensemble and Blanche comme Neige), the young Belgian actor Igor van Dessel (The Royal Exchange), the Swede Johannes Kuhnke (nominated for a Guldbagge Award in 2015 for Best Actor for Force Majeure, also appreciated in A Balkan Noir and in the TV series Real Humans and The Rain), the Polish actress Agata Buzek (Aigle Award in 2010 for Best Actress for The Reverse, nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Award in 2017 for Agnus Dei and also recently appreciated in Pearl and High Life), the Filipino actor Mercedes Cabral (a recurring figure in Brillante Mendoza's films) and the Tunisian actor Madj Mastoura (winner of the Silver Bear for Best Actor at Berlin in 2016 for Hedi).
Directed by Samuel Doux (who co-wrote The Prayer and Joyeux anniversaire by Cédric Kahn) and Camille Lugan, in collaboration with Fanny Burdino, the plot focuses on Simon who, following the death of his wife, moves to Dubai with his son Camille (Igor Van Dessel) in an attempt to overcome their grief. In this extraordinary city at the end of the world, Camille is able to forget, let go and gradually build a new life for himself. But it's not so easy for Simon. He discovers a disturbing presence at home, an impassive double figure, lurking in the shadows. His anguish builds and thinks he's going crazy, slowly sinking into the quicksand of his own life... But he’s not the only one suffering from a similar threat in Dubai, it appears to be haunting anyone and everyone who resists and refuses to make a clean break from the past...
Produced by Caroline Bonmarchand for Avenue B Productions and by Isaac Sharry for Vito Films, Dune Dreams was co-produced by the Belgian outfit Frakas Productions. Pre-purchased by OCS (which has also acquired French distribution rights and international sales) and Ciné+, the feature also received an advance on earnings from the CNC.
For the record, Avenue B Productions will be releasing School's Out by Sébastien Marnier in French theatres on 9 January (discovered at Venice in the Sconfini section) after releasing Head Above Water by Margaux Bonhomme in early December (awarded at Tallin) and Virgins by Keren Ben Rafel last July (Best Actress Award at Tribeca). The Parisian company is also associated with Vito Films on Énorme by Sophie Letourneur, a film starring Marina Foïs and currently in post-production.
(Translated from French)
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