Tsai Ming-liang film stars Fanny Ardant

MADRID — Gallic actress Laetitia Casta has joined Fanny Ardant, Lee Kang-sheng and Jean-Pierre Leaud in the Louvre-set “Visages” (Face), the next film from tearaway Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-liang.

Tsai won a Berlin Silver Bear in 2005 for “A Wayward Cloud” and a Venice Golden Lion for 1994’s “Vive l’amour.”

Set to roll late October through January, 75% in France, and the rest in Tapei, “Face” is lede produced by Jacques Bidou and Marianne Dumoulin’s Paris-based JBA Production, in co-production with Ming-liang’s own Taiwanese label, Homegreen Films.

Bidou told Variety that he is negotiating the entry of Dutch and Belgian co-production partners.

International sales rights, as previously announced, are held by Fortissimo Films.

Film was inspired by an invitation from the Louvre to shoot in the famed Paris museum.

“Face” features a Chinese director who comes to the Louvre to shoot a film that turns on the Salome myth.

“The film in the film becomes a total disaster. ‘Face’ is part comedy and a film in a film in a film, reflecting on creative cinema and a tribute to the New Wave,” said Bidou, adding “Face” would be ready for delivery by May.

Hence “Face” features Tsai’s fetish actor Lee, plus also Ardant and Leaud.

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