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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #10. Helene Cattet and Bruno Forzani’s Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres

Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres

Director: Bruno Forzani & Helene Cattet
Writers: Bruno Forzani & Helene Cattet

Last year, we had included this new project from ‘neo-giallists’ Bruno Forzani & Helene Cattet, the Belgian duo behind such loving fetish genre items such as Amer (2009) and The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears (2013). They’re working on a film noir project, an adaptation of author Jean-Patrick Manchette’s 1971 novel, Laissez Bronzer Les Cadavres (translated as Let the Bodies Sunbathe). In early October this year, the duo received financial support from Wallimage, but there hasn’t been an update on the project since. Their last feature unexpectedly popped up in the Locarno line-up in 2013, so we’re choosing to assume they’re somewhere along in the process. However, it seems as if we can expect the film to be re-titled following the Wallimage announcement, where the project was simply listed as a film noir approached from a fetishist angle. The only other certainty is their continued collaboration with one of the most talented cinematographers working today, Manu Dacosse (Alleluia; Evolution).

Cast: NA

Production Co./Producer: Anonymes Films’ Forzani & Cattet.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic/international).

Release Date: The year of production is listed as 2016, and they usually operate under the radar. Unless we’re surprised by them in 2016, we’re expecting Forzani & Cattet to return in 2017 to Locarno and then TIFF, as they previously did with The Strange Color of Your Body’s Tears.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2021: France (Bruno Dumont), Passing (Rebecca Hall) and Nightmare Alley (Guillermo Del Toro). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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