Filming commences on Emmanuel Carrère's Le Quai de Ouistreham
by Fabien Lemercier
- Juliette Binoche stars in the film adaptation of a story by Florence Aubenas. A Curiosa and Cinéfrance production sold by France Télévisions Distribution
Filming kicked off on Emmanuel Carrère’s Le Quai de Ouistreham on 4 March, histhird feature film after the documentary Retour à Kotelnitch (discovered in the Nuovi Territori section at Venice in 2003 and nominated for the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best First Film in 2004) and The Moustache (Europa Cinemas Label Award at the Directors' Fortnight in 2005). A well-known writer (whose novel La Classe de neige and the story L'Adversaire were brought to the big screen by Claude Miller and Nicole Garcia in 1998 and 2002 respectively, while Limonov is soon to be directed by Pawel Pawlikowski), Emmanuel Carrère has made an unusual casting decision with his latest film, which stars Juliette Binoche (Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 1997 and nominated for Best Actress in 2001, Cannes Performance Award in 2010 and Best Actress at Berlin in 1997 and at Venice in 1993, recently appreciated in High Life [+see also:
interview: Claire Denis
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interview: Juliette Binoche
film profile]) alongside a cast of non-professional actors.
Adapted by the director and Hélène Devynck from the autobiographical story by the journalist Florence Aubenas, the screenplay focuses on the writer Marianne Winckler, who decides to live life as a jobseeker for six months, spending time with other women who alternate between unstable jobs and periods of unemployment.
Produced by Olivier Delbosc for Curiosa Films and by David Gauquié and Julien Deris for Cinéfrance Studios, Le Quai de Ouistreham was co-produced by France 3 Cinéma and Mars Films (which will be distributing the film in France). Pre-purchased by OCS and Canal+, the feature film also received an advance on earnings from the CNC, the Region of Normandy, Sofica La Banque Postale Image and Manon. The shoot is due to wrap on 20 April and will take place in Normandy (in Caen and Cherbourg), the region of Paris and on a ferry between the Netherlands and England, with Patrick Blossier (nominated for a César Award in 1988, 2003 and 2007) on board as the director of photography. International sales are being handled by France Télévisions Distribution.
For the record, Curiosa Films recently worked on André Téchiné’s Farewell to the Night [+see also:
interview: André Téchiné
film profile] (screened out of competition in Berlin and will be released in France on April 24th), Bertrand Blier's Heavy Duty [+see also:
film profile] (to be released in France on 13 March) and Curiosa [+see also:
film profile] by Lou Jeunet (to be released in France on 3 April). Cinéfrance Studios will be releasing the comedy Le Dindon by Jalil Lespert in France on 25 September (an adaptation of Georges Feydeau's eponymous play, produced with Pathé and starring Dany Boon and Guillaume Gallienne).
(Translated from French)
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