Parillaud signs on for Breillat’s ‘Scenes’

'Nikita' thesp to play helmer

PARIS — Anne Parillaud, last seen in Olivier Marchal’s “Gangsters” but best known to U.S. audiences as Luc Besson’s “La Femme Nikita,” has signed on to star in Catherine Breillat’s “Scenes Intimes” (The Making of).

The film, Breillat’s ninth feature, unmasks the filmmaking process. “Cinema is what we see and what we imagine,” Breillat told Daily Variety. “The film is both a comedy and a subject of reflection.”

Breillat, known for sexy, violent films such as “Romance” — released in the U.S. last year by Trimark Pictures — likened a film set to “the heart of a volcano” and said filmmaking is a “spiritual experience.”

Parillaud, who, according to Breillat, accepted the role the day after she read the script, will play a film director, not unlike Breillat, who is shooting a movie that contains erotic scenes.

“Scenes Intimes” will begin shooting mid-November. It is produced by Jean-Francois Lepetit for Flach Films and budgeted at 22 million francs ($3.06 million).

Breillat’s “Fat Girl” screens at the New York Festival Friday and opens in New York and Los Angeles Oct. 10. It is a Cowboy Booking Intl. release for Code Red.

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