Carax has ‘Scars’

Wild Bunch backs cult helmer's English-lingo bow

France’s Wild Bunch is co-developing cult helmer Leos Carax’ first English-language project, the E13 million “Scars.”

Edouard Weil, producer of Olivier Assayas’ in-competition “Clean,” will produce the film via his Rectangle Films shingle.

A road movie set in Russia and the U.S., “Scars” follows two lead characters: a traumatized young Russian war vet and a beautiful, cold-hearted model — accompanied by her 8-year-old daughter — whose lives intersect while they are on the run.

“The film is about real-life experiences of traveling or of going to war, vs. the virtual experiences one can have sitting comfortably at home,” Carax said.

Asked about shooting a film in English for the first time, the helmer replied, “I’ve been wanting to get out of France for 15 years. America and Russia are the other countries I know something about.”

Carax hasn’t made a film since the 1999 Cannes-selected “Pola X,” which was savaged by critics and flopped at the box office. The amount of money lost on his previous pic, “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf,” is the stuff of French film industry legend.

But Carax’ aura is so great that Wild Bunch believes the new project will be an easy sell to distribs and foreign co-producers. It will shoot next year.

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