Two Benoîts for Cowboy
by Anne Feuillère
Benoît Mariage is currently filming his third feature with France’s pet Belgian in the lead part: Benoît Poelvoorde. Shooting, which began last month, will last 40 days and will remain for some time in Brussels, Namur and Charleroi. In the cast are French Julie Depardieu, Gilbert Melki who keeps appearing in Belgium since his collaboration on the Trilogy by Lucas Belvaux (and who will also be in his next film La Raison du plus faible [+see also:
film profile]) and another Frenchman also recently working with a Belgian director, Philippe Nahon, Robinson Crusoé for Vendredi ou un autre jour by Yvan Le Moine.
Cowboy, written by the director, tells the story of TV reporter, at the end of his career, who thinks he can make a comeback by finding hostages who were taken 20 years earlier. But once he finds out that his scoop is not big enough, he decides to manipulate “a little” the facts. After the short film Le signaleur selected in Critics’ Week and Les convoyeurs attendent, Benoît Mariage works for the third time with Benoît Poelvoorde, with whom he hooked up successfully in the intimate and upsetting drama which he directed in 2003 L’autre, where he also worked with the DoP Philippe Guilbert and editor, Philippe Bourgueil.
Supported by the Belgian French Community with 620 000 euros, Cowboy is produced by K2 (who for the moment are giving out no information on the film before next year) with French K-Star. Distributed in France by UGC, who also hold international rights, the film will be brought to the Belgian screens by Belga Film around October 2006.
(Translated from French)
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