PARIS– Realitism Film is on board to produce Hubert Woroniecki’s “Casablancas – The Man Who Loved Women,” a hybrid documentary feature portraying the glamorous and colorful life of John Casablancas, the New York-born creator of the Elite modeling agency.
Budgeted at $800,000 and sold by Films Distribution, the docu is narrated by Casablancas based on an interview which he gave to Woroniecki two years before passing in 2013. The doc weaves exclusive archive stills from Casablancas’ life, footage from TV interviews and animation.
Casablancas launched the careers of such supermodels as Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista and Kate Moss. Through the Elite agency, Casablancas turned these models into pop culture icons.
Diane Jassem, Christine Ponelle and Grégory Bernard are producing at Paris-based Realitism Film, the shingle behind Rodolphe Marconi’s “Lagerfeld Confidentiel” which played in Berlin in 2007 and Quentin Dupieux’s movies such as “Wrong Cops” and “Realité.” Maneki Lab is creating the animated sequences and co-producing the doc.
Realitism has raised over 50,000 Euros on Kickstarter and expects to close the gap financing by February.
“Casablancas” will be ready by this Spring and will be distributed in France by UFO. Films Distribution handles international sales. WME reps the doc in the U.S..