Magazine article Screen International

Bille August Talks New Projects

Magazine article Screen International

Bille August Talks New Projects

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EXCLUSIVE: Double Palme d'Or winner is to begin production on 55 Steps in October.

Double Palme d'Or winner Bille August has given further details of his upcoming projects.

August revealed he is to begin production on 55 Steps starring Helena Bonham Carter and Vera Farmiga in October.

The film, on Atlas International's slate, is about a lawyer defending a schizophrenic patient.

"It's a story that takes place in San Francisco in 1989. It is based on a true story," August said. The film details the real-life case of Eleanor Riise (Bonham-Carter), a woman in a mental hospital who hired a lawyer (Farmiga) to sue the medical establishment. John Goodman is also in the cast.

"These two characters are completely opposite. It's like a ying and yang story but they develop a beautiful friendship," the director said.

The US producer is Sara Risher and the European producer is Anita Elsani. …

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