Tavernier to lens ‘Lola’ in Cambodia

Script penned by helmer's daughter

Bertrand Tavernier is preparing his next film, the $6 million “Holly Lola,” starring Marie Gillain and Jacques Gamblin as a childless couple on a quest to adopt a baby.

The film will start shooting in the Cambodian capital, Phnom Penh, on Oct. 15, says producer Frederic Bourboulon.

Bourboulon and Tavernier’s company Little Bear is co-producing 50-50 with Gallic producer Alain Sarde, while Jean Labadie’s Bac Films will distribute the pic in France.

The script was penned by Tiffany Tavernier, the helmer’s daughter, and Dominique Sampiere, who also co-wrote “It Starts Today.”

Bourboulon says, “The idea for the film was Tiffany’s, after she met a couple who went through all sorts of terrible hurdles to be able to adopt a child.”

“Holly Lola” is the fifth Tavernier pic in a row to be co-produced by Sarde. Budget is much smaller than Tavernier’s last pic, the wartime drama “Safe Passage” which cost $15 million to make but failed to score at the box office.

Other new Bourboulon productions include Guillaume Nicloux’s “Hanging Offense,” which stars comic actress Josiane Balasko in a serious role as a cop whose painful past catches up with her, and actor Michel Boudjenah’s helming debut “Father and Son,” co- produced with Ariel Zeitoun’s AJOZ and Gaumont.

The latter pic will be released in France in August, while “Offense” comes out at the end of October.

Bourboulon is also developing a film with Pierre Jolivet and another with helmer Jean-Paul Salome, to be made after Salome finishes the recently announced Kristin Scott Thomas-Romain Duris “Arsene Lupin.”

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