Pierre Guyard, the French producer of Cannes’ Directors Fortnight hit “Love at First Fight,” has boarded “Les deux fils” (“The Two Sons”), the directorial debut of French actor Felix Moati, which will topline rising star Vincent Lacoste (“Lolo”).
Lacoste also starred in Moati’s last short film, “Après Suzanne,” which competed at Cannes.
Set to shoot next summer in Paris, Moati’s film centers on the strong bond uniting a father and his two young sons, a 13-year old boy and his older brother. The elder brother will be played by Lacoste. Guyard, who is producing the film at Nord-Ouest Productions, said the film was a tender comedy drama boasting crisp dialogue, blending elements of movies by Woody Allen and Arnaud Desplechin.
Guyard is also on board to produce another film by a promising filmmaker, Mikhaël Hers’s “Amanda,” a melodrama starring Lacoste as a 22-year-old man who is forced to take care of his young niece following the death of his sister.
“Amanda,” Hers’ followup to “This Summer Feeling,” will shoot in Paris, Bordeaux and London during the third quarter of 2017.
Since breaking through in “The French Kissers,” Lacoste has had critically acclaimed roles in Thomas Lilti’s medical drama “Hippocrates, Diary of a French Doctor,””Julie Delpy’s comedy “Lolo” and, most recently, Justine Triet’s dramedy “Victoria,” which bowed at Cannes’ Critics Week.
Guyard is also developing the sophomore outing of “Love at First Fight” director Thomas Cailley, which will lens next year, as well as the third film of actress-turned-director Geraldine Nakache, in which she will star opposite Leila Bekhti (“Midnight Sun”). The pair formed a duo in Nakache’s popular feature debut, “All That Glitters.” Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films is co-producing Nakache’s pic.
Guyard is also behind Joan Chemla’s feature debut “If You Saw His Heart” with Gael Garcia Bernal and Marine Vacth. MK2 is showing a promo of the movie at the AFM.