Delpy readies ‘The Countess’

Multi-hypenate to tackle 'twisted' tale

BERLIN — After two romantic comedies that put her on the map — and “2 Days in Paris,” which is a somewhat darker comedy playing here in Panorama — multi-hypenate Julie Delpy unveiled the next project to have caught her fancy.

It’s called “The Countess,” a drama set in the 16th century that’s full of murder, cruelty and intrigue.

“It’s always easier to think women will write something sweet: I had been thinking for a while about doing something twisted,” Delpy told the press Saturday.

Speaking with her usual rapid-fire, free-associating esprit, she added offhandedly, “People (meaning financiers) now know I won’t have a breakdown two weeks into the shoot just because I’m an actress, or because I’m crazy.”

Delpy has written the script and will also star, along with Ethan Hawke, Daniel Bruehl and Radha Mitchell.

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