Laurent Cantet's Foxfire warms up
by Fabien Lemercier
30/06/2011 - Shooting begins in Sault Ste. Marie, Canada, next Tuesday on Laurent Cantet's first English-language feature, Foxfire (read the article), which comes after his 2008 Palme d'Or winner The Class [trailer, film focus]. The team will be in Ontario until September 17 for this adaptation of US novelist Joyce Carole Oates' Confessions Of A Girl Gang.
The director has cast unknown actors to play the leading roles of five teenagers from a small town in New York State in the 1950s who, out of their distrust of society, form a secret group called Foxfire to avenge the brutal humiliations they have suffered at the hands of men. The screenplay is faithful to the novel, and places special emphasis on the underlying social and political issues.
Foxfire is produced by Haut et Court (read the interview of Carole Scotta), coproduced by Canadian production outfit The Film Farm and France 2 Cinéma, and also benefits from pre-acquisitions from Canal+ and Ciné+. The film will be distributed in France by Haut et Court and Memento Films International has already sold it to a number of countries, including UK (Artificial Eye), Spain (Golem), Portugal (Midas) and the former Yugoslavia (Megacom).
(Translated from French)