Houellebecq: The possibility of a film
by Vitor Pinto
The Valencia-based studios Ciudad de la Luz last weekend hosted the final shooting day of The Possibility of an Island, the directorial debut of controversial French author Michel Houellebecq. The writer-turned-filmmaker currently lives in Spain and chose the country’s southern region as the natural setting for his futuristic tale.
Co-produced by Morena Films (Spain) and Mandarin Films (France), in association with DePalacio Films for a total budget of €6.37m, the French-language title was backed by Valencia’s regional government (with nearly €2.5m) and has involved the work of 60 local technicians and around 50 local companies.
Principal photography started on April 30 on the island of Lanzarote, before moving to Huelva, Almería, Benidorm and, finally, Ciudad de la Luz for three weeks.
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This is the third film adaptation of a Houellebecq novel, following his best-seller The Elementary Particles, which attracted the attention of German-born director Oskar Roehler, who turned it into Atomised [+see also:
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