Marguerite et Julien
Director: Valerie Donzelli // Writers: Valerie Donzelli, Jeremie Elkaim
Director and actress Valerie Donzelli has fostered a considerable career as a director over the past several years, starting the her utterly charming 2009 debut The Queen of Hearts. Often working with her partner, actor Jeremie Elkaim, their most notable collaboration was 2011’s Declaration of War, a highly autobiographical film that played in Critics’ Week and was France’s candidate for Best Foreign Language film in 2012. Donzelli’s third film, Hand in Hand took home Best Actor at the Rome Film Festival in 2012 but never received US distribution. 2015 will be a big year for her, however, starring in two films (one of which is the new Joachim Lafosse title), and directing Marguerite et Julien, based on a 1971 script that Francois Truffaut almost made. Starring Elkaim and a scintillating cast headlined by quickly rising star Anais Demoustier, plus legend Geraldine Chaplin, this will be Donzelli’s most high profile project yet.
Cast: Anais Demoustier, Jeremie Elkaim, Geraldine Chaplin, Sami Frey, Aurelia Petit, Frederic Pierrot, Bastien Bouillon
Producers: Rectangle Productions’ Eduoard Weil and Alice Girard (Three Hearts)
U.S. Distributor: Rights available.
Release Date: Due to the basis of the material, we’re thinking Donzelli might get invited back to Cannes, perhaps snagging a slot in Director’s Fortnight.