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IFC seduced by Rivette’s ‘Duchess of Langeais’

Well past his prime, there is no slowing down for Jacques Rivette (La Belle Noiseuse, Celine and Julie Go Boating). A filmmaker from La Nouvelle Vague has found suitor for his latest – a Berlin 2007 film festival entry will most likely find itself on the 08’ slate for subtitle-friendly indie distributor. THR reports that IFC Films have picked up the period/costume film that is known as Ne touchez pas la hache (which translates as “don’t touch the hip”) but receives an English translation of The Duchess of Langeais.

Based on Honore de Balzac's novella, this tells the story of Antoinette, the Duchess of Langeais, is a married coquette who frequents the most extravagant balls of 1820s Restoration Paris, where hypocrisy and vanity reign. The alluring Antoinette orchestrates a calculating game of seduction with handsome young general Armand de Montriveau. His passion frustratingly unfulfilled, Montriveau seeks his revenge . . .

The pic stars Guillaume Depardieu and Jeanne Balibar (from Rivette's excellent Va Savoir).

 

 

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, 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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