Magazine article Screen International

Van Dormael, Auteuil Reunite on Fille De Dieu

Magazine article Screen International

Van Dormael, Auteuil Reunite on Fille De Dieu

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Belgian director is currently in Paris with critically acclaimed, mixed media stage show Kiss and Cry, which he also hopes to adapt for the big screen.

Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael is preparing to shoot his first film in half a decade, a Brussels-set comedy, provisionally entitled Fille de Dieu and starring French actor Daniel Auteuil as God.

"The pitch is: God exists, he lives in Brussels, he's horrible to his daughter, she gets revenge," Van Dormael told ScreenDaily.

Van Dormael - best known for his Toto the Hero, The Eighth Day and his last film Mr. Nobody - plans to shoot in Belgium in spring to early summer 2014.

He is producing through his company Terra Incognita. Auteuil, who starred in The Eighth Day, will co-produce through his Paris-based Zack Films.

"The idea is to work with the same team as Mr. Nobody - but in a reduced format so we'll be 15 to 20 crew maximum -- and to try to do something in an artisanal way, using natural light and real-life decors," explained Van Dormael.

It will be the director's first feature since his ill-fated 2009, English-language fantasy sci-fi drama Mr. Nobody starring Jared Leto.

The [euro]33m budget production was supposed to mark Van Dormael's international break but it failed to ignite the critics or the box office globally.

"It's actually my favourite film. My greatest success - because I don't think I can to better than that - but also my greatest failure because it didn't travel. The money was great because it helped me make the film but it also stopped it from travelling," said Van Dormael.

The director spoke to ScreenDaily during the Paris Cinema film festival (June 28 - July 9), following a showcase of his early shorts including L'imitateur and E pericoloso sporgersi -- precursors to The Eighth Day and Mr. Nobody - as part of a panorama of Belgian cinema.

Experimental

The filmmaker has not been idle in the intervening four years. He is currently touring with the experimental stage show Kiss and Cry / Nanodanses in which the central characters are played by fingers, supported by a cast of Playmobil and train-set figurines.

Alongside that, he also recently worked on the script of Laurent Tirard's Les Vacances du Petit Nicolas, a sequel to the French director's adaptation of René Goscinny and Sempé's classic Le Petit Nicolas which has just started shooting in a French beach resort. …

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