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Passenger’s Seat: Happening’s Anamaria Vartolomei Cast as “Maria” Schneider

Passenger’s Seat: Happening’s Anamaria Vartolomei Cast as “Maria” Schneider

Winner of the Cesar award for best Female Newcomer this past Friday for her perf in Audrey Diwan’s Golden Lion winning L’Événement (Happening), actress Anamaria Vartolomei is now moving into further potential trauma territory toplining a biopic on actress Maria Schneider. Le Film Francais broke the news. We had reported last December that Jessica Palaud was moving onto this project as her sophomore feature. Palud recently set up shop in Rome, Italy — with a shoot likely to take place either this month or next.

Palud showcased Revenir at the 2019 edition of the Venice Film Festival and reteams with her producer Marielle Duigou from Fin Août Productions. Palud broke into the business working alongside Bertolucci on her first film job.

Gist: Adapted from (her cousin) Vanessa Schneider’s book Tu t’appelais Maria Schneider, this is set during the 70s and is about a young actress named Maria Schneider is cast in a film by an Italian filmmaker and an American star.

Worth Noting: Vartolomei’s first acting job was under the wings of Isabelle Huppert in My Little Princess — filmmaker Eva Ionesco’s autobiographical treatment inspired by her relationship with her mother.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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