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Fontaine Pen: Elsa Zylberstein Isn’t Done with Simone…de Beauvoir

Fontaine Pen: Elsa Zylberstein Isn’t Done with Simone…de Beauvoir

After recently playing her in Olivier Dahan’s Simone: Woman of the Century, Elsa Zylberstein will have another go at walking at playing a Simone…this time de Beauvoir. Variety reports that the never-inactive Anne Fontaine is part of the filmmaker package that will bring the book to film adaptation of “Lettres à Nelson Algren” to life. The project fell on the laps of Christopher Hampton who’ll move from his initial treatment to screenwriting mode this summer. We figure the earliest this could move into production is sometime next year. Zylberstein has an invested interest in the project having landed the book rights. She’ll produce via her Sonia Films with Philippe Carcassone’s Cine@ and Master Movie.

Fontaine will next move into Boléro starring Raphaël Personnaz, Doria Tillier, Jeanne Balibar, Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément, Sophie Guillemin and Vincent Perez (also produced by Carcassonne) and could then move into Monique et Matisse which was set to have Grégory Gadebois and Anamaria Vartolomei play opposites of one another.

The Simone de Beauvoir project will revolve around the passionate transatlantic romance between de Beauvoir and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Nelson Algren. The film will chart the pair’s affair, which spanned nearly two decades from 1947, in the aftermath of World War II, to 1964. Two-thirds of the movie will take place in Chicago, and the reminder will unfold in Paris.

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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