Magazine article Screen International

The Price of Desire Wraps

Magazine article Screen International

The Price of Desire Wraps

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EXCLUSIVE: Principal photography has wrapped on Mary McGuckian's The Price Of Desire, about modernist designer Eileen Gray.

On the final day of the shoot the production staged a reenactment of the February 2009 record-breaking $28m Paris sale at Christie's of Gray's Dragon Chair.

The reenactment will be the opening scene and recreates what remains the highest price paid for an item of 20th century design.

Cheska Vallois of Galerie Vallois, who bid for the anonymous private client who bought the chair, plays herself in the production and famously explained the high price-tag to reporters immediately after the auction by saying "it can only be the price of desire."

The Price Of Desire focuses on how rival modernist Le Corbusier questioned Gray's reputation as one of the most powerful influences on modern architecture and design.

Orla Brady plays the lead role of Gray opposite Vincent Perez as Le Corbusier. Alanis Morissette and Francesco Scianna play Gray's lovers, the feted French singer Marisa Damia and architecture critic Jean Badovici. …

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