Lensing begins on Breillat’s seventh feature, ‘Two Girls’

Pic inspired by tabloid story

ROME — Shooting gets under way today on France’s Atlantic coast on “Two Girls,” the seventh feature from controversial French writer-director Catherine Breillat, whose ultrafrank sexual odyssey “Romance” made waves throughout the world.

Budgeted at about $3 million, the French-Italian co-production is produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit of Flach Film, Paris, and by Conchita Airoldi of Rome-based Urania Pictures. The film is Airoldi’s first project since producing Julie Taymor’s “Titus.”

Tabloid-inspired pic

Inspired by a tabloid story, “Two Girls” begins as an adolescent comedy but takes a dramatically suspenseful turn with an explosion of violent killings. It centers on two teenage sisters during a family vacation, contrasting their fragility and impulsiveness with the bourgeois respectability of their parents.

Two young unknowns, Anais Reboux and Roxanne Mesquida, have been cast in the leads, with supporting roles filled by Libero De Rienzo, Arsinee Khanjian and Laura Betti.

A novelist and playwright as well as filmmaker, Breillat’s 1999 breakthrough, “Romance,” was released in the U.S. by Trimark and was sold to most international territories. In addition to writing her own films, Breillat has penned scripts with Liliana Cavani, Federico Fellini and Maurice Pialat.

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