Binoche heats up ‘Summer’

She stars in Camoin's helming debut

Juliette Binoche is to star in debut helmer Fabrice Camoin’s “A Stormy Summer Night,” based on Gallic novelist Marguerite Duras’ “10 heures et demi du soir en ete.”

Les Films Du Poisson will produce the tale of a French couple who spend the night in a small Andalusian town, which has been rocked by a crime of passion committed by an immigrant worker.

“Night” will shoot in 2012; Paris-based Rezo will handle distribution in France

Les Films Du Poisson is behind Michale Boganim’s directorial debut “Land of Oblivion,” which plays Venice Critics’ Week before moving on to Toronto.

The Gallic shingle is lining up two more pics from first-time directors.

Anne Weil’s “Friends From France” is a historical dramedy following French cousins who travel to Leningrad to support Jewish dissidents in the 1980s. Soko (“In The Beginning”) and Jeremie Lippmann topline. Pic is co-produced by Germany’s Nikovantastic Films and Canada’s Amerique Films. Weil is a well-known film editor whose credits include Catherine Deneuve starrer “Meres et filles” (Mothers and Daughters”).

Lensing is expected to begin in the Fall in Ukraine and Israel. Pyramide Distribution will handle the French release and international sales.

Les Films du Poisson is reteaming with its “Meduzot” production partner, Tel Aviv-based Lama Films, for “The Dune,” Yossi Aviram’s directorial debut about an Israeli who loses his memory in Paris.

Niels Arestrup and Lior Ashkenazi topline.

Headed by Laetitia Gonzalez and Yael Fogiel, Les Films du Poisson has achieved international recognition by discovering directing talents, notably Mathieu Amalric (“On Tour”), Julie Bertucelli (“The Tree”) and Emmanuel Finkiel (“Je suis”), and establishing longterm collaborations with them.

Gonzalez and Fogiel say they are drawn to stories that make them travel, explore different cultures and languages.

Repped by Le Pacte, “Land of Oblivion,” turns on a newlywed, played by Ukranian thesp Olga Kurylenko (“Quantum of Solace”), who loses her husband in the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.

Gonzalez said the film has a “chilling contemporary resonance” with the nuclear meltdown in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami in March, which occurred when the film was in post.

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