Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #136. Lisa Redler – Nicole Garcia
Actress/director Nicole Garcia commences her ninth feature with Lisa Redler, returning to work with producers David Thion and Philippe Martin for Les Films Pelleras (who produced her 2013 title Going Away / Un beau dimanche). The title will be co-produced by France 3 Cinema. Garcia returns to work with DP Christophe Beaucarne (who was nominated for a Cesar on her 2016 title From the Land of the Moon – review). The film’s three main headliners are César winner Pierre Niney, Stacy Martin and Benoit Magimel.
Garcia, who became a renowned actress in the 1970s working with auteurs like Bertrand Blier and Alain Resnais, won a Best Supporting Actress Cesar for 1979’s Le Cavaleur, directed by Philippe de Broca. Kicking off a directorial career in the 1990s, she competed in Karlovy Vary with 1994’s The Favorite Son and then Venice with her Catherine Deneuve headlined Place Vendome in 1998. Her 1986 short “August 15” premiered at Cannes and she would go on to compete for the Palme d’Or three times (The Adversary, 2002; Charlie Says, 2006; From the Land of the Moon, 2016).
Gist: Scripted by Garcia and her regular co-writer Jacques Fieschi, their latest concerns Lisa and Simon, a young couple in love. Lisa, who attends hotel management school in modern-day Paris, has invested more in the relationship, and finds herself suddenly alone when Simon absconds following an evening leading to circumstances which put him in danger. Several years pass and she hears no word from Simon until their paths across again on the Indian Ocean.
Release Date/Prediction: With filming set to begin late January 2019, we expect Garcia to be ready for the fall festival circuit, potentially landing again in Toronto (where 2013’s Going Away premiered).