Bertrand Faivre’s the Bureau is on board to produce “Sky,” the English-language debut of Fabienne Berthaud, with Cannes competition jury member Diane Kruger set to topline.
Kruger starred in Berthaud’s last pic, “Lily Sometimes,” a critically acclaimed drama that closed Directors’ Fortnight in 2010 and won the CICAE award.
Kruger will star as a young woman who runs away after a violent dispute with her husband. Disillusioned with love, the woman embarks on a long trip across the U.S., where she falls in love with another man. French thesp Yvan Attal will star as Kruger’s husband. Faivre, prexy of the Bureau, told Variety he was working Avy Kaufman to cast the male lead, who will be a high-profile American thesp.
Penned by Berthaud, “Sky” will lense in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada.
The Bureau, headquartered in Paris and London, is also developing “In Another Country,” (working title) Andrew Haigh’s followup to SWSX hit preem “Weekend.”
That pic nabbed the Emerging Visions Audience Award in Austin, Texas, and was picked up with Sundance Selects for all rights distribution in North America.
“Country,” adapted from a short story by David Constantine, will center on a married couple undergoing a crisis. A week before the couple’s 45th wedding anni, the husband receives a letter telling him that the body of a girl he once loved over half a century ago has been discovered, frozen in the ice.
Pic is produced by Faivre and Tristan Goligher, who is based out of the U.K. arm.
Film 4 and the British Film Institute contributed co-development coin.