Change of code for Danièle Thompson
by Fabien Lemercier
Dany Boon, Karin Viard, Emmanuelle Seigner, Patrick Bruel, Marina Hands, Patrick Chesnais, Marina Foïs, Pierre Arditi, Christopher Thompson, Laurent Stocker (Hunting and Gathering [+see also:
film profile]) and Spanish choreographer and dancer Bianca Li are all set to star in Danièle Thompson’s fourth feature, Le code a changé (“The Code Has Changed”), for which shooting will begin on March 25.
The screenwriter (Don’t Look Now – We’re Being Shot At, The Party, Queen Margot) and successful director of Season’s Beatings (1999), Jet Lag (2002) and Orchestra Seats [+see also:
film profile] (1.96m admissions in France in 2006 and French nominee for the 2007 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar) has once again co-written the screenplay with her son Christopher.
The action revolves around a dinner party given on June 21, the evening of the Fête de la Musique in the streets Paris. The hosts are a famous lawyer (Viard) and her unemployed husband (Boon). Guests include their daughter (Hands) and her lover, an older Breton sailer (Chesnais), a couple that includes a gynaecologist and a cancerologist (Foïs and Bruel), a writer (Seigner) accompanied by a top lawyer (Thompson), a kitchen designer (Stocker), a flamenco teacher (Li), and the host’s father (Arditi).
The characters get to know one another during the course of an evening full of unexpected events, not least because the code to enter the apartment building has changed. This code also symbolises that of social appearances at dinner parties.
Shooting is set to last until June 11. International sales will be handled by StudioCanal, who will release the feature domestically in spring 2009.
(Translated from French)
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