El Mechri to direct Quad’s ‘Dalida’

Bio follows the life of French singer

Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer.

Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven Chasman co-producing the €15 million ($19 million) film.

French thesp Nadia Fares will play Dalida, aka Yolanda Gigliotti, who was born in Egypt to Italian parents but spent much of her working life in France after becoming a citizen. She committed suicide in 1986 after a successful 30-year career.

“Dalida” explores the duality between the singer’s public image and who she really was, Zeitoun told Variety. “Dalida was very independent, determined, talented and hard-working but her soft spot was her tender heart. It propelled her downfall.”

A French-Tunisian, El Mechri made his directorial debut with “Virgil” in 2005. He also recently moved into TV, writing and directing the skein “Maison Close,” which earned top ratings on Gallic paybox Canal Plus.

More Scene

  • John Cena Ferdinand

    'Ferdinand' Director on Why John Cena Was Perfect for Title Role

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • Asian-American Unforgettable Awards 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • Conan O'Brien Children's Defense Gala

    Kate Hudson, Conan O'Brien Attend Children's Defense Fund Gala: 'Some of You Literally Dodged Fire to Get Here'

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    FCC Chair Plays for Laughs at D.C. Event Amid Fierce Net Neutrality Debate

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • GQ Men of the Year Awards

    Stars Reflect on 2017 at GQ's Men of the Year Party: 'This Is a Year of Cultural Revolution'

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

  • 29Rooms LA

    Demi Lovato, Margot Robbie, Janelle Monáe Celebrate Art Carrying Out 'Positive Change' at 29Rooms LA

    Mabrouk El Mechri, who recently helmed Summit Entertainment’s “The Cold Light of Day,” starring Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver, is prepping “Dalida,” a film about the life and career of the Egyptian-born French singer. Nicolas Duval, Yann Zenou and Laurent Zeitoun at Quad Films, the outfit behind “The Intouchables” and “Heartbreaker,” are producing, with Steven […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content