Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir Part II ready for the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight
- The much-anticipated sequel to the hit 2019 drama will star Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton and Charlie Heaton in the lead roles
British writer-director Joanna Hogg (Exhibition [+see also:
film profile], Archipelago [+see also:
film profile]) is ready to present The Souvenir Part II at this year’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight (7-17 July). The first chapter of the story, simply entitled The Souvenir [+see also:
film profile] and the winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance two years ago, received wide acclaim and was distributed by Curzon.
The feature, a semi-autobiographical account of Hogg’s own experiences, is set in the 1980s and follows a young film student, Julie (played by Honor Swinton Byrne), who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. Tilda Swinton will again portray Rosalind, alongside Richard Ayoade (starring as Patrick Le Mage) and Ariane Labed (playing Garance). Fresh faces joining the cast are Harris Dickinson (the TV series Trust, Beach Rats), Joe Alwyn (Harriet, The Favourite [+see also:
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The Souvenir Part II was produced by Ireland’s Element Pictures and the UK’s JWH Films for BBC Film and the BFI in association with Martin Scorsese’s own outfit, Sikelia Productions (USA), and Protagonist Pictures (UK), which is also in charge of its world sales. Earlier in March, Picturehouse Entertainment acquired the British and Irish distribution rights, whilst A24 acquired the North American ones following the first chapter’s premiere at Sundance in January 2019. Meanwhile, Swinton, Hogg and the same production team are working on another feature-length project, The Eternal Daughter, which was announced back in February (see the news).
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