Filming about to kick off for Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury’s Kandisha
by Fabien Lemercier
- The directorial duo who rose to fame with Inside plunge back into a world of fantasy and horror in this film produced by Esprits Frappeurs and WY Productions, and sold by SND
The first clapperboard is set to slam on 17 June for Kandisha, the fifth feature by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, following Inside [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled in the 2007 Critics’ Week, before taking part in Toronto, as part of the Midnight Madness programme, and scooping an award at Sitges), Livide [+see also:
film profile] (2011), Among the Living [+see also:
film profile] (screened at SXSW in Austin in 2014) and the US production Leatherface (2017). Standing out among the cast of their new opus, which follows in the same vein as a recent batch of genre films staged by SND, Esprits Frappeurs and WY Productions, are Mathilde La Musse, Samarcande Saadi, Suzy Bemba and Nassim Lyes Si Ahmed.
The story, written by Bustillo and Maury themselves, is set in the suburbs during the summer. Three young women who have been inseparable since they were kids invoke the spirit of Kandisha, a vengeful, haunting creature found in Moroccan legends. What was only meant to be a game spirals into a nightmare when the trio’s close relations start disappearing in increasingly tragic circumstances. In the face of the unthinkable, the three friends will try to fend off Kandisha.
Produced by Delphine Clot and Guillaume Lemans for Esprits Frappeurs and by Wassim Béji for WY Productions, Kandisha is being co-produced by SND and by Belgium’s Scope Pictures. The feature, which has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and is being supported by Wallimage, will be shot in Belgium for five weeks, from 17 June-19 July. The French distribution and international sales will be overseen by SND.
As a reminder, Esprits Frappeurs recently staged Just a Breath Away [+see also:
film profile], while WY Productions has A Perfect Man [+see also:
film profile] and Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
interview: Jalil Lespert
film profile] under its belt, among other titles.
(Translated from French)
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