David Thion, ‘Anatomy of a Fall’ Producer, Sets ‘Une Part Manquante’

David Thion, the French producer of Justine Triet’s Palme d’Or successful “Anatomy of a Fall,” is reteaming with Guillaume Senez for “Une part manquante,” a Tokyo-set drama which Be For Films is representing in worldwide markets.

“Une part manquante” may also reunite Senez with fashionable French actor Romain Duris, who starred in his 2018 movie “Our Struggles” and earned a Cesar nomination for it. Brussels-based Be For Films had bought Senez’s function debut “Keeper” and “Our Struggles” in most main territories and offered at a flurry of worldwide festivals.

Duris will play Jay, who hasn’t seen his daughter for 9 years since getting separated from his Japanese spouse. As a foreigner residing in Japan, Jay was denied custody of his daughter. Hoping to seek out her someplace within the metropolis, he abandons his profession as a renown chef and turns into a taxi driver. After all these years looking out in useless, Jay is about to surrender and transfer again to France when Lily hops in his cab. But she doesn’t acknowledge him.

Speaking to Variety, Thion, who’s a companion at Les Films Pelleas and produced “Anatomy of a Fall” with Marie-Ange Luciani (Les Films de Pierre), stated Senez was impressed to jot down this story after visiting Japan to current “Our Struggles.” “The story depicted in ‘Une part manquante’ isn’t an isolated case. The law in Japan doesn’t allow for shared custody and when one of the parents isn’t Japanese — he or she can be banned from being in contact with the child until the age of 18,” stated Thion, who famous that the movie will in the end discover fatherhood as did Senez’s earlier movie “Our Struggles.”

Citing John Ford’s “The Searchers” as an affect, the producer stated the film will boast suspense and “tackle Japanese and French cultures through the story of an outsider torn by his emotions who tries to find his way in a foreign territory.” Thion stated the movie will embody loads of photographs of Duris’ character touring the size and breadth of Tokyo in his taxi. A primary spherical of areas scouting was accomplished and Be For Films’ founder Pamela Leu launched the buzzy mission to consumers at Cannes.

Co-written by Jean Denizot (“The Churchmen”), “Une part manquante” shall be distributed in Belgium by Versus and by Haut et Court in France. The movie will begin filming on location in Japan in mid-October.

Les Films Pelleas can be making ready to start out taking pictures Karim Moussaoui’s (“Waiting For Swallows”) subsequent movie “L’Effacement” this fall. The movie is co-written by Maud Ameline, primarily based on Samir Toumi’s novel. It’s being co-produced by Niko Films in Germany and Nomadis in Tunisia. “L’Effacement” charts the journey of a younger Algerian man from an higher class household who turns into more and more alienated by his authoritative father and implodes.

“It’s a story shedding light on a young generation caught between founding myths, social injunctions and personal desires, and it’s also a film about a failed transmission between generations,” stated Thion, who described it as an “Algerian Taxi Driver.” Mk2 movies has boarded worldwide gross sales whereas Ad Vitam will distribute it in France.

Thion can be forging bond with rising filmmakers, resembling Anne-Sophie Bailly whose quick “The Midwife” performed eventually yr’s Telluride. Les Films Pelleas is producing Bailly’s function debut “Les inseparables” which is able to star Laure Calamy, the Cesar successful actress of “My Donkey, My Lover & I” and “Call My Agent!”). The film will revolve across the relationship between a mom, Mona, who raised her disabled son alone and aspires to start out caring for herself now that he’s a grown man. But when her son proclaims that he’s having a child along with his girlfriend, Mona finds herself with one other heavy duty to bear.

“We’re delighted to be working with Anne-Sophie Bailly who’s so talented. She’s a graduate of France’s film school La Femis and the short she presented at Telluride was actually her graduate film,” stated Thion, who described “Les inseparables” as an “emotional story about a single mother caring for her son.”

Besides Justine Triet, Senez, Moussaoui and Bailly, Les Films Pelleas has additionally been working with Mia Hansen-Love (“One Fine Morning”), Christophe Honoré (“Le Lycéen”), Danielle Arbid (“Une passion simple”) and Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet (“Les Amours d’Anais”), amongst others.

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