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Berri picked to helm $10 ‘Menage’ pic

Dequenne, Bacri to star in romantic comedy

CANNES — Claude Berri next will direct “La Femme de Menage” (The Cleaning Lady). Budgeted between $8 million and $10 million, pic starts shooting next month.

“La Femme” stars Emilie Dequenne, winner of the best actress award in Cannes in 1999 for “Rosetta,” and Jean-Pierre Bacri, who co-wrote and starred in France’s Oscar-nominated “The Taste of Others.”

Dequenne, who stars in “Brotherhood of the Wolf,” plays a cleaning lady who gets romantically involved with her employer (Bacri).

“The script is full of humor — it’s about life, love and separation,” said Jacques Eric Strauss, who handles certain foreign sales on all of Berri’s films including the much-awaited mega-production “Asterix and Obelix: Mission Cleopatra,” a sequel to “Asterix and Obelix vs Caesar.”

Buyers will see a 12 minute promo reel of the new “Asterix” on Monday.

“The Cleaning Lady” will not be pre-sold, Strauss said.

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