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Ghost Writers: Production Begins on Elise Girard’s “Sidonie au Japon” with Isabelle Huppert

Ghost Writers: Production Begins on Elise Girard’s “Sidonie au Japon” with Isabelle Huppert

The continuously busy Isabelle Huppert has booked her next flight. She’ll be heading to Sidonie au Japon — French filmmaker Élise Girard‘s third feature project. Production kicks off next month and we’ve learned that August Diehl and Tsuyoshi Ihara will complete the trio. This Japan, France, Germany and Switzerland co-production was in the final finances stages (Tokyo Gap Financing Market) in 2021.

In her first trip to Japan, Sidonie Perceval (Huppert) is an author on a promotional tour who sees the ghost of her husband (Diehl) while she lives a love affair with Kenzo Mizoguchi (Ihara), her publisher, a mysterious man.

Girard’s previous pair include 2010’s Belleville-Tokyo (starring Valérie Donzelli) and 2017’s Strange Birds (Huppert’s daughter Lolita Chammah toplines).

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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