Christian Volckman poised to shoot The Room
by Fabien Lemercier
- The film, a Les Films du Poisson production with Versus and Bidibul, set to be sold by Elle Driver, is toplined by Olga Kurylenko and Kevin Janssens
The first clapperboard is due to slam in April for The Room, the second feature by Christian Volckman (and his first fiction title), following his attention-grabbing animated film Renaissance [+see also:
interview: Aton Soumache
interview: Christian Volckman
film profile] (victorious at Annecy in 2006, screened at festivals like Toronto, nominated for the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film). Toplining his new feature are French actress of Ukrainian descent Olga Kurylenko (who rose to fame in Quantum of Solace [+see also:
film profile], was popular in titles such as Oblivion and A Perfect Day [+see also:
interview: Fernando León de Aranoa
film profile], and will grace screens in Just a Breath Away in April and in L’Empereur de Paris in December) and Belgium’s Kevin Janssens (a European Film Promotion Shooting Star in 2007, Ensor Award for Best Actor in 2016 for The Ardennes [+see also:
interview: Robin Pront
film profile], giving a fine performance recently in Revenge [+see also:
interview: Coralie Fargeat
film profile]). Interestingly, the film, which is touted as an intimate thriller, will be filmed entirely in the English language.
Written by Eric Forestier (The Third Part of the World [+see also:
film profile]) and Christian Volckman, the story revolves around Kate and Matt, a couple in their early thirties, who are in search of some authenticity in their lives. The young couple decide to leave the city behind, buy a big house in the middle of nowhere and renovate it. Shortly after they move, they discover a strange, hidden room that is unlike the others, and which is capable of fulfilling all their desires. Their new life becomes a veritable fairy tale. Kate and Matt give in to all of the temptations that the Room offers them. Money and champagne start flowing like water, but a shadow looms over this apparent Garden of Eden: the Room will bring to light their deepest desire, and will grant them the very thing they have always been waiting for, and which Mother Nature had been denying them… And soon their dream turns into a nightmare…
Produced by Yaël Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez for Les Films du Poisson, The Room will be co-produced by Belgian outfit Versus Production and Luxembourg’s Bidibul Productions. Having been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, the feature has also secured backing from such sources as Wallimage, the Groupe Ouest and the Procirep. The shoot will continue until mid-May in Belgium and Luxembourg. The international sales are being handled by Elle Driver.
As a reminder, Les Films du Poisson, which recently enjoyed a highly positive audience and festival reception for Memoir of Pain [+see also:
interview: Emmanuel Finkiel
film profile] by Emmanuel Finkiel and Carré 35 [+see also:
film profile] by Eric Caravaca, currently has Claire Darling by Julie Bertuccelli (see the news) and the documentary Les Coulisses du pouvoir by Dror Moreh in post-production, and is getting ready to wrap principal photography for Les Particules by Blaise Harrison (see the news).
(Translated from French)
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