Magazine article Screen International

Bejo Boards the Scapegoat Alongside Personnaz, Kusturica

Magazine article Screen International

Bejo Boards the Scapegoat Alongside Personnaz, Kusturica

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In first major role after The Artist, Bérénice Bejo set to play investigative journalist Tante Julia in adaptation of French writer Daniel Pennac's classic The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des Ogres).

The Artist star Bérénice Bejo has signed up for an adaptation of Daniel Pennac's The Scapegoat (Au Bonheur des Ogres) alongside Raphaël Personnaz and Emir Kusturica, producer Dimitri Rassam has confirmed.

"We began the conversation with Bérénice before The Artist took-off but her performance in the film of course reconfirmed our desire to have her in the cast," says Rassam of Paris-based Chapter 2.

The Scapegoat is the second feature for 31-year-old director Nicolas Bary after his 2008 children's fantasy Trouble at Timpetill (Les Enfants de Timpelbach), which Chapter 2 also produced.

The [euro]11.8 million production is a co-production between Chapter 2 and Pathé, which distributed Bary's last picture and has taken on French distribution rights and international sales for this film.

Luxembourg's Bidibul Productions and Belgian Nexus Factory are attached as co-producers. Other partners include France 2, Canal+ and Ciné+.

The Scapegoat, published in 1985, is the first of five books by Pennac revolving around the chaotic Malaussène clan living in Paris' bohemian Belleville neighbourhood.

To date the series has sold more than five million copies in France. Pennac, however, has been reluctant to cede film rights for the books.

"These books were very present in our childhood but we had no idea of just how successful they had been," says 30-year-old Rassam. …

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