Benjo, Scotta collaborate on Lanners' next pic
Gallic producers Caroline Benjo and Carole Scotta, founder of Paris-based outfit Haut et Court (“The Class”), are reteaming with Belgian thesp-helmer Bouli Lanners to co-produce his next directorial effort, “The Giants.”Pic is a coming-of-age dramedy following the highs and lows of two teenage brothers who’ve been abandoned by their mother. The $5 million pic is produced by Belgium’s Versus Prods. (“Eldorado”) and co-produced by Luxembourg’s Samsa Film and has been pre-bought by Franco-German net Arte France and telco Orange. Lensing will kick off in August in Belgium. Haut et Court produced Lanners’ last film, “Eldorado,” which was nommed for a Cesar award in 2009. Rolling off Gilles Marchand’s suspenser “Black Heaven,” Haut et Court is embarking on “L’autre vie de Richard Kemp.” The sci-fi thriller will be Germinal Alvarez’s feature debut. Nathalie Saujeon, who last penned Lyes Salem’s Algeria-set comedy, “Mascarades,” is writing the original script. Story follows a middle-aged cop who finds himself propelled by extraordinary circumstances after coming across a case identical to a previous unsolved investigation. The duo is also producing Marc Fitoussi’s “Pauline Detective,” a gag-laden comedy-adventure starring French thesp Sandrine Kiberlain (“Mademoiselle Chambon”). The film centers on a thirtysomething woman who goes on vacation with her parents to a beach resort to get over a recent breakup and ends up embroiled in a mysterious disappearance. Pic is Fitoussi’s followup to Isabelle Huppert starrer “Copacabana,” which screens in Critics’ Week. Shooting will start beginning of June. At Cannes, Haut et Court has midnight screener “Black Heaven” skedded for Sunday. Marchand’s feature debut, “Who Killed Bambi,” bowed out of competition in Cannes in 2003 and was nominated for best first work at the Cesar awards. ” ‘Black Heaven’ is a very contemporary thriller that mixes the virtual and real world and and underlines in the most disturbing way the interaction between both while displaying Gilles Marchand’s’ unique filmmaking style,” said Benjo. The French outfit has also started lensing the Paris-set thriller “The Woman on the Fifth” starring Ethan Hawke and Kristin Scott Thomas.