A time-travelling serial killer in L'Autre vie de Richard Kemp
by Fabien Lemercier
07/06/2012 - A great cinematic classic, time travel is particularly in vogue in French productions at the moment. After Another Woman's Life [trailer] and Camille Rewinds [trailer] (recently screened at Cannes' Directors' Fortnight), sci-fi thriller L'Autre vie de Richard Kemp (lit. "The other life of Richard Kemp") by Germinal Alvarez is the latest to whizz down the corridors of time in a criminal investigation featuring Jean-Hugues Anglade (back in the limelight thanks to the television series Braquo) and Mélanie Thierry (photo - The princess of Montpensier [trailer] and the 2010 Cesar for most promising actress for One for the Road [trailer]).
Written by the director (who thus signs his first feature film) and Nathalie Saugeon with the participation of Vanessa Lépinard, the screenplay relates inspector Richard Kemp's investigation into a murder that bears all the marks of a serial killer from the beginning of his career: the Earwig (so called because he pierced his victims' eardrums before throwing them into the sea). Back then, the killer had managed to get away, causing the death of a policeman that has remained on Kemp's conscience ever since. The only witness to the murder, Hélène, soon seduces the inspector. But then suddenly, following a mysterious event, Kemp finds himself transported back 20 years earlier, to the day before Earwig's very first murder. He tries to help his 35-year-old self, but his presence in a world in which he doesn't belong soon marks him as a suspect. Hélène, who does not know anything about him yet, will then cross paths with him...
Produced by Haut et Court, L'Autre vie de Richard Kemp is being made on a budget of about €2.6m. It is co-produced by Direct Cinéma, has been pre-sold to Canal +, and has received aid from the Aquitaine region. Shooting started on May 16 in La Rochelle and will go to Rochefort and Bordeaux before wrapping on July 31. Haut et Court is set to release the film in France in April 2013 and Memento Films International will be in charge of international sales.
(Translated from French)