Quebec thesp Pascale Bussieres has reunited with Montreal helmer Charles Biname for the new Canuck pic “The Beauty of Pandora” (La Beaute de Pandore). The film, which began lensing in Montreal this week, is produced by Cite-Amerique president Lorraine Richard, who has also worked frequently with Biname.
Bussieres toplined Biname”s second feature, “Eldorado,” and appeared in his award-winning 1998 film, “Street Heart,” which took the top prize at the Karlovy Vary festival last year. In addition, Bussieres starred in the hit Canadian TV series “Blanche,” which was also directed by Biname. Bussieres” other credits include Patricia Rozema”s “When Night Is Falling,” last year”s Cannes entry “August 32nd on Earth” and the upcoming indie Quebec sci-fi pic “Between the Moon and Montevideo,” to shoot in Havana next month.
“The Beauty of Pandora” was penned by Quebec novelist Suzanne Jacob (“Flore Cocon”) and Alliance Atlantis Releasing has picked up Canadian rights to the film. Additional financing comes from Quebec funder SODEC, federal agency Telefilm Canada, the Canadian Television Fund, pubcaster Radio-Canada and specialty channel Super Ecran.
The pic also features Jean-Francois Casabonne (“White Wedding”), Pascale Montpetit (“Eldorado,” “Street Heart”), Maude Guerin (“J”En Suis”), Gary Boudreault (“Matroni and Me”), Annick Bergeron (“Le Retour”), Diane Lavallee (“Winter Stories”) and James Hyndman (“Eldorado”).
Yarn centers around a man (Casabonne) who meets and is immediately attracted to the strange, beautiful Pandora (Bussieres). Soon his whole life is falling apart: His girlfriend leaves him and his businesses start to fail as a result of the affair.
Pic is produced by Richard from Cite-Amerique, with Louis Laverdiere handling exec producing duties and Louis-Philippe Rochon line producing. Seasoned lenser Pierre Gill is the director of photography. The shoot continues in Montreal until June 21 and the pic is expected to be released in theaters in Canada in the spring of 2000.