EXCLUSIVE: Gallic filmmaker Anne-Dominique Toussaint, who produced Nadine Labaki’s Un Certain Regard player “Where Do We Go Now?” is developing her first English-language pic, “Motherhood Inc.”
The L.A.-based dramedy turns on a fortysomething woman desperate to have children who hires a surrogate mother, who happens to be the wife of a U.S. soldier struggling to raise her two kids. She then brings in a Guatemalan woman to breastfeed the baby.
Budgeted at $5 million, pic is penned and helmed by French-Lebanese director Sabine Gemayel and produced by Toussaint’s Paris-based shingle Les Films des Tournelles.
“It’s a timely issue and Gemayel treats it in a very humane way,” says Toussaint, who was recently tapped president of the French producers guild, APC, succeeding Eric Altmayer. “She depicts these three women with empathy and describes the complexity of motherhood and maternity without concessions.”
Toussaint said she’s looking to set up the film as a European production and will be looking for a U.S. distributor to come on board in the early stage of development.
The French producer also said she will cast two American actresses in the lead roles.
Gemayel’s feature debut, “Niloofar,” a drama centering on a Iraqi girl forced into marriage, world preemed at Toronto.
Toussaint will present “Where Do We Go Now” in Un Certain Regard in Cannes on Monday.