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Corsica Consciousness: Esther Gohourou & Suzy Bemba Join Corsini’s “Le retour”

Corsica Consciousness: Esther Gohourou & Suzy Bemba Join Corsini’s “Le retour”

Casting is complete and cameras are currently rolling on Catherine Corsini‘s Le retour. We recently reported that Aïssatou Diallo Sagna was the first to join the project, and now we learned that Esther Gohourou (breakout in Maïmouna Doucouré’s Cuties) and Suzy Bemba will also topline the film and they’ll be supported by Lomane de Dietrich, Cédric Appietto, Marie-Ange Géronimi, Harold Orsoni, Jean Michelangeli, Virginie Ledoyen and Denis Podalydès. Cineuropa reports that Chaz Productions’ Élisabeth Perez will produce. Corsini reteams with cinematographer Jeanne Lapoirie (who has Robin Campillo’s Vazaha to be released next year). Production will last close to two months and a Cannes premiere is entirely possible.

Written by Corsini and Naïla Guiguet, this is about 40-something Kheìdidja, who works for a wealthy Parisian family who offers her to take care of the children during a summer in Corsica – the occasion for her and her daughters, Jessica and Farah, to return to this island which they left 15 years ago under tragic circumstances. While Kheìdidja struggles with her memories, the two teenagers let themselves get carried away by all the summertime temptations: unexpected encounters, running wild and free, first love experiences. This trip will allow them to discover a part of their story and to grow closer…

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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