Filming anecdotes, notes of intent, information for film lovers: every week, discover behind the scenes of a film release.
Don’t Worry Dear by Olivia Wilde
Starring: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine…
What is it about? Chronicles an isolated community in the California desert in the mid-1950s, in which a housewife finds her life turned upside down.
did you know Dakota Johnson was supposed to play the role of Margaret, but she had to leave the project due to her commitment to The Lost Daughter, which began filming at the same time as Don’t Worry Darling. She was replaced by KiKi Layne.
Clay Demons by Nuno Beato
What is it about? Rosa is a successful businessman. The sudden death of the grandfather who raised him, and the guilt it causes, brings him back to the house where he grew up. Through a series of letters and clues, she discovers that he has given her an important task to complete.
Other People’s Children by Rebecca Zlotowski
Virgin with Efira, Roshdi Zem, Chiara Mastroianni…
What is it about? Rachel is 40 years old, she has no children. Loves his life: high school students, friends, ex, guitar lessons. Falling in love with Ali, he becomes involved with Leila, his 4-year-old daughter. He accommodates her, cares for her and loves her as his own. But loving someone else’s children is a risk worth taking…
did you know Rebecca Zlotowski originally began adapting Gary’s novel, Beyond This Limit Your Ticket Is No Longer, which is about a man’s impotence at the dawn of his sixties. The main role was to be played by Roshdi Zem. But the director and screenwriter found themselves in trouble:
“Not that I couldn’t project myself into this person, who could no longer suffer or be afraid…but perhaps because I projected too much into him. And gradually my impotence began to emerge. To a 40-year-old childless woman who wants one and partially raises to another, to another.
Free Warranty! By Lisa Diaz
Laetitia Dosch, Lolita Chammah, Grégory Montel…
What is it about? It is the summer of 1982. Eleven-year-old Garance lives in the remote village of Seven, where his parents try to lead an alternative life. When two Italian activists rob a nearby bank, everything goes wrong. This event turns Garansi and his family’s life upside down…
did you know Free Warranty! Happens in 1982-1983. During this period, Lisa Diaz wanted to tell the story of political legacy by asking: What did the generation of the 1970s, who had so much hope, bequeath to the next generation?
Right in front of you, Hong Sang-soo
With Hye-Young Lee, Yunhae Cho, Hae-Hyo Kwon…
What is it about? Actor Sangok, who has been missing from the screens for years, meets a famous director, who offers him a role in the next film. Despite his desire to return to the front of the stage, a serious secret inside him hesitates…
did you know The film was presented at a special screening at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival under the Cannes Premiere label.
Great race by Christian Carrion
With Line Renaud, Dany Boon, Alice Isaaz…
What is it about? 92-year-old Madeleine hails a taxi to reach the nursing home where she is now supposed to live. He asks Charles, a slightly disillusioned driver, to drive past the places that have been important in his life so he can see them one last time.
did you know The director fell in love with Cyril Gale’s script, originally written for Line Renaud: “I read it in one sitting on the train and ended the journey in tears… One day we all face this question: What will our parents be like when they grow old?”
Christian Carrion then adapted the original screenplay and approached Danny Boone, whom he had previously directed in 2005’s Merry Christmas, to pitch the project.
“The Camel and the Miller” by Abdullah Alimoradi.
What is it about? A mill uses a camel to grind grain. But one fine day the camel gets sick and the mill replaces it with a machine. This solution seems ideal, but behind the obvious modesty of the characters, everyone realizes the attachment they have for each other.
140 kilometers west of Celine Rouses Paradise
What is it about? In the heart of Papua New Guinea, the highlands attract tourists seeking the exotic and foreign oil companies. Here tribals get money in dance every year. Also there, out of sight, the Hull family and their clan have sold their land to ExxonMobil, which dreams of modernity.
did you know When Celine Rousey was little, she dreamed of living in the jungle with the tribes she fantasized about. The director wanted to recognize something of our humanity by patting distant difference on the shoulders. He explains:
“Later, I studied journalism. I took my first steps at the Dophiné Libéré and in this context I attended a conference of a photographer who organized a counter-research with two tribal chiefs from Papua.”
My Father’s Secrets by Vera Belmont
With Jacques Gamblin, Michel Bernier, Arthur Dupont…
What is it about? In Belgium in the 1960s, Michel and his brother Charlie had a happy childhood in their Jewish family. Their father, quiet and discreet, does not reveal anything about his past. Two brothers imagine him as a great adventurer, a pirate or a treasure hunter… but what is he hiding?
did you know My Father’s Secrets is based on Michelle Kichka’s graphic novel The Second Generation – What I Didn’t Told My Father. The son of a Holocaust survivor, he recalls his youth in the shadow of the Shoah:
“Telling it in comics seemed to me the best way to touch the hearts of readers of all ages, through humor, poetry, distance and imagination to create an intimate and personal relationship with the reader.
Ninjababy by Yngvild Sve Flikke
Starring Christine Kujat Thorpe, Arthur Berning, Nader Khadem…
What is it about? Astronaut, forest ranger, designer… Raquel, 23, has all the plans in the world except becoming a mother. When she finds out she’s 6 months pregnant after a one-night stand, it’s disaster! Decided: Adoption is the only solution.
did you know Ninjababy is adapted from the graphic novel Fallteknikkété by Norwegian animator, cartoonist and illustrator Inga Setre. The latter tells the story of 16-year-old Raquel, who accidentally becomes pregnant and has to take care of herself. The filmmaker explains:
“The focus is on the relationship between Raquel and her best friend. I started from there and in agreement with Inga, I looked at the age, ambitions and social status of the characters. I would never be able to. This movie without Inga.”