Dana adopts African child in Le Bruit des Enfants Fourmis
by Fabien Lemercier
16/08/2010 - After three weeks filming in the Bordeaux region, the first leg of shooting has wrapped on Christine François’s debut feature Le Bruit des Enfants Fourmis (“The Sound of the Ant Children”).
The film’s team will continue shooting in the autumn (October-November) in Africa, notably in Benin. Focusing on the theme of adoption, the title stars Audrey Dana (nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Cesar 2010 for Welcome [trailer, film focus]), Robinson Stévenin and Yann Trégouët (who both appeared in The Army of Crime [trailer]).
Scripted by François (who has directed three TV dramas and numerous documentaries) and Sophie Fillières, the film centres on 30-year-old Cécile (Dana), who arrives in Benin to put her love affair with Didier (Stévenin) behind her.
By chance, she crosses paths with a young African mother who leaves her holding a baby. Cécile adopts the African child and Lancelot will grow up in France.
Everything goes sour the year he turns seven for the child starts to feel lost. To help him feel better and with the support of her boyfriend Philippe (Trégouët), Cécile returns with Lancelot to his country of origin and tries to discover the secret surrounding his abandonment...
Produced by Blanche Guichou for Agat Films, Le Bruit des Enfants Fourmis has received an advance on receipts from the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC), pre-acquisitions from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma, backing from the Aquitaine region and support from Sofica Natexis. Bac Films will manage French distribution and international sales.
(Translated from French)