Magazine article Variety

3B Prods. Ramps Up Projects

Magazine article Variety

3B Prods. Ramps Up Projects

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3B PRODS., the French production outfit behind Hirokazu Kore-eda's Venice opener "The Truth," is developing the next films of Atiq Rahimi ("The Patience Stone") and Karim Dridi ("Chouf").

Rahimi, whose latest film "Notre-dame du Nil" will be world premiering at Toronto, is developing with Jean Brehat at 3B Prods. and Ron Senkowski ("The Prophet") the adaptation of "Les echelles du levan" ("Port of Calls"), a novel by French-Lebanese writer Amin Maalouf.

"I've always loved Amin Maalouf's novels and I wanted to adapt one, so when Ron Senkowski proposed producing with him the adaptation of 'Les echelles du levan,' I didn't hesitate," said Brehat, adding that he thought of Rahimi to direct the film because he admires his books and the quality of the two films he's helmed.

"Les échelles du levan" will reunite Rahimi with Golshifteh Farahani, who had starred in his 2012 film "The Patience Stone." The cast will include the singer Mika, a star in France who is one of the coaches on "The Voice," French comedian Kev Adams and Turkish actress Belçim Bilgin.

The story revolves around a young Muslim man from Lebanon who travels to France at the beginning of World War II to study medicine and unexpectedly falls in love with a Jewish woman involved in the French Resistance. The two marry against all odds, but their union is threatened by the war in Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Brehat, who is part of this year's Oscar committee in France, is producing "Les echelles du levan" with Muriel Merlin and Rachid Bouchareb, who sits on Venice's jury, at 3B Prods. …

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