Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Writer(s): Arnaud Desplechin
Producer(s): Why Not Productions’ Pascal Caucheteux
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Mathieu Amalric, Elya Baskin (Spider-Man 3)
Working on and off the project for two decades, Arnaud Desplechin’s 9th film is like a stone that has been reduced to fine sand particles. Apparently influenced by Kent MacKenzie’s The Exiles, Jimmy Picard will have been precisely detailed in its’ account of these two men account. and has been worked on with the finest of details as to make this the most authenticated of accounts. Expect a long runtime and equally stunning perfs from Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric.
Gist: Adapted from the 1951 non-fiction account by psychoanalyst Georges Devereux, “Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian,” the film will follow the true story of Picard (Del Toro), a Plains Indian of the Blackfeet nation, as he returns from WWII and begins experiencing unexplainable symptoms shortly thereafter. He then travels to the famous Winter Hospital in Topeka, Kansas, where he meets Devereux (Amalric), thus beginning a professional and personal friendship guided by compassion and understanding of Native American culture.
Release Date: Cannes Film Festival – Main Competition.