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On Set Spat: Amalric, Gainsbourg, Cotillard & Garrel Desplechin’s “Les Fantomes d’Ismaël”

Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel and often used muse Mathieu Amalric are part of the heavyweight cast we expect to see in Arnaud Desplechin‘s ninth feature film, Les Fantomes d’Ismaël. Screen Daily confirmed that the Why Not Productions production will being shortly (we imagine after Desplechin completes Cannes Film Fest jury duty).

Gist: This is about a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to embark on the shoot of a new film.

Worth Noting: Mathieu Amalric and Louis Garrel both appeared in Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Actrices (2007). Amalric and Cotillard (she had a bit part) both appeared in Desplechin’s My Sex Life… or How I Got Into an Argument.

Do We Care?: Chalk this up as one of our most anticipated film items of 2017 and mark this down as a Main Comp entry for Cannes next year.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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