Maxime Delauney, Romain Rousseau to produce drama

LES ARCS, France

“The Artist” star Berenice Bejo is in final negotiations to topline Michele Placido’s French-language drama “The Choice,” one of 27 projects presented at Les Arcs European Film Festival’s Co-Production Village, which kicked off on Sunday in the French Alps.

Penned by Placido and inspired by a novel by Italo scribe Luigi Pirandello, the €6.5 million ($7.9 million) pic centers on a woman who discovers she is pregnant following a rape. She and her husband, who haven’t been able to conceive a child, are faced with a terrible choice.

Pic is produced by Paris-based Nolita Cinema, launched in March by Maxime Delauney, a former A-list agent at Artmedia, and Romain Rousseau, a former producer at LGM Prods. Italy’s Goldenart Prod. is co-producing.

” ‘The Choice’ is not only a drama, it’s a powerful love story about these two people whose feelings for each other run so deep that they’re determined to overcome this tragedy and rebuild their life together,” said Delauney. “It’s an echo of Placido’s first film (as an actor), ‘Mia moglie, un corpo per l’amore.’ ”

Rousseau said the script is ready. Lensing is expected to begin in late 2013. At Les Arcs, the producer duo, who are looking for a third European co-producer, have been meeting with potential partners, including distributors and sales agents.

The film is Placido’s follow-up to Daniel Auteuil starrer “The Lookout.”

Bejo will next be seen in Asghar Farhadi’s “Dominos,” and is also set to star in Michel Hazanavicius’ “The Search.” Les Arcs’ Co-Production Village wraps on Tuesday.

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