Magazine article Screen International

Paul Verhoeven, 'Elle' Producer Runite for French Resistance Movie

Magazine article Screen International

Paul Verhoeven, 'Elle' Producer Runite for French Resistance Movie

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Maverick Dutch director Paul Verhoeven, whose Elle starring Isabelle Huppert screens in Competition at Cannes, is planning a Second World War French resistance movie.

Lyon 1943 (working title) will be set over a period of several months during 1943. Verhoeven is developing the project, still in its early stages, with Said Ben Said, his producer on Elle.

"(Gestapo officer) Klaus Barbie will be there, (resistance leader) Jean Moulin will be there but the movie is not a biopic of Jean Moulin," said the director of Rob°Cop and Black Book, whose erotic thriller Basic Instinct opened the Cannes Film Festival in 1992.

Barbie, head of the Gestapo in Lyon, oversaw the torture of Moulin, who died in very murky circumstances in French captivity in July 1943. Verhoeven said he was working with a French historian to try to establish what happened during this "very complicated and confused" period.

"It is not so clear because everybody has a different opinion and is extremely passionate about their opinions," the director commented. …

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