You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

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

  • Vera Wang

    Vera Wang, Olivia Munn Celebrate American Designers at Variety, WWD and CFDA's Runway to Red Carpet Event

    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 […]

  • 'Atlanta' TV show premiere

    'Atlanta Robbin' Season' Will 'Show What Makes the City Tick,' Producer Says

    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 […]

  • Mr Chow 50th Anniversary celebration

    Mr. Chow 50th Anniversary Party Draws Stevie Wonder, Heidi Klum & More Stars

    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 […]

  • Paley Center for Media presents They

    African-American Showrunners Talk Strides in TV Representation

    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 […]

  • 'Annihilation' film premiere

    'Annihilation' Star Jennifer Jason Leigh Responds to Whitewashing Accusations

    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 […]

  • Rachelle Lefevre Shiri Appleby

    'Unreal' and 'Mary Kills People' Teams Talk Topical Storytelling and an In-Season 'Me Too Moment'

    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 […]

  • Viola Davis Women in the World

    Viola Davis on #MeToo: 'If You're Dedicated to Change, Let It Cost You Something'

    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