Proving she’s just not a pretty face, Laetitia Casta took a really interesting turn in her acting career when she appeared in Tsai Ming-liang’s Face, and made for a surprisingly good xerox of Bardot in Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque). Now the actress is setting foot in Bulgaria for a filmmaker I’m sure, not even the most ardent cinephile is aware of. Bulgarian director Kamen Kalev landed in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight section in 2009 with Eastern Plays, now he has commenced filming with Casta (as you can see in the press conference clip below, the filmmaker is fluent in French) and Denmark’s Thure Lindhardt on The Island. Filming will take place in Paris, Sofia and on the Bulgarian island off the Black Sea coast.
This about a couple who arrive on the island with the intention of spending a few peaceful days there. Only a few people live on the little island, including Irina and Pavel (Boyka Velkova and Rousi Chanev), a couple in their fifties who are the main reason that the place quickly stops being so idyllic. Next year, look for the film to compete in Cannes.