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Michel Franco Washed Ashore with Tim Roth & Charlotte Gainsbourg on “Driftwood”

Michel Franco Washed Ashore with Tim Roth & Charlotte Gainsbourg on “Driftwood”

We’re thinking that Michel Franco might shore up in Cannes as a producer for Lorenzo Vigas’ highly anticipated The Box, but he could possibly be attending the fest with a surprise comp title of his own. Either production got underway (most likely with his regular Cinematographer Yves Cape) at the beginning of October and was shrouded in secrecy (entirely possible since at least one sequence was filmed in a farm), or, the more likely scenario, it was in pre-production mode and got one false start, but one of our favorite Mexican auteurs would be looking towards Driftwood as his next project. Filmed (or to be filmed) in France with Tim Roth (who might be in Cannes for Mia Hansen-Love’s Bergman Island) and Charlotte Gainsbourg toplining, the Cineuropa folks threw in the title in their last Cannes prognostications. Luxbox are producing the filmmaker’s seventh feature.

Gist: There are no details on the project but we imagine it could be a French or English language film and will contain at least one flashback sequence relating to Roth’s character’s family and childhood.

Worth Noting: Roth and Franco teamed up on the empathetic palliative care worker drama with a twist portrait Chronic back in 2015. This would be their second collab and would also be Franco’s second film outside his native country.

Do We Care?: Currently riding high after winning big at the 2020 Venice Film Festival, New World like After, Lucia, and April’s Daughter before it as resonated with a select few. Our own Nicholas Bell confirms that this “isn’t likely to win over any of the director’s detractors, but there’s no denying it’s power to impressively disturb and gall its audience by hitting too close to home in its examination of the selfishness of humans and their apparent self-fulfilling prophecy of annihilation.”

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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