Fashioning Chanel biopic
Anouk Aimee is set to play Coco Chanel in a project being developed specially for her by Gallic filmmaker Elie Chouraqui (“Harrison’s Flowers”).
“She’ll be extraordinary,” says the writer-producer-helmer who has directed Aimee in three films, including his debut feature, 1978’s “My First Love.”
“Chanel was an enigma who invented her own biography as a grande bourgeouise, when in fact she was a country girl who had to struggle to get on in life,” says Chouraqui. “It is a wonderful story.”
The screenplay, a first draft of which has been penned by Alexi Salatko and Aline Issermann, has Chanel narrating her own story, and is told partly in flashback. It focuses on the French fashion icon’s wartime affair with a German officer, and her subsequent exile in Switzerland.
The pic may be made in English or French and could end up as a feature film or a two-part TV miniseries, depending on finance. France 2 and an Italian co-producer have expressed an interest, Chouraqui says.
Chanel had her own links with the film biz, designing costumes for Jean Renoir’s “The Rules of the Game” and Alain Resnais’ “Last Year at Marienbad.”
Chouraqui’s other projects include a bigscreen version of the birth of Israel classic “O Jerusalem,” produced by Andre Djaoui, and a self-penned adaptation of “Les Nuits blanche du chat botte,” a 17th century thriller about a series of crimes inspired by Charles Perrault’s “Tales of Mother Goose.”