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Ribiere Plans ‘Most Assassinated Woman,’ Frediani ‘La Parisienne’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Assiduous co-producers with Spain, La Ferme partners focus on direction

SAN SEBASTIAN – Franck Ribiere, at San Sebastian for the world premiere of his directorial debut, culinary docu-feature “Steak Revolution,” is prepping his second movie as a director, a fiction feature, the horror suspense thriller “The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.”

Meanwhile, Verane Frediani, Ribiere’s partner at Paris-based La Ferme, is also planning her first long-format movie as a director: fashion industry themed “La Parisienne.”

Ribiere and Frediani are best known as longtime French co-producers of Alex de la Iglesia, plus high-profile movies such as “Cell 211” and “Kidnapped.”

Their French movie credits “The Pack,” “Thelma, Louise et Chantal” and “Livid.”

In a new phase for both, much of their focus going forward looks likely to be on helming.

To be made in French, “The Most Assassinated Woman” is inspired by the career of Gallic stage actress Paula Maxa, a star at Paris’ Grand Guignol Theater.

Specialized in realistic horror and precursor of splatter gore as it fought an increasingly desperate battle with cinema, Pigalle’ Grand Guignol finally closed its doors in 1962, after the advent of color movies, Ribiere said at San Sebastian.

A star at the Grand Guignol from 1917 to 1933, Maxa is estimated to have died on stage 10,000 times.

Ribiere will use this background for a non-gore suspense thriller with a twist, in the vein of “The Illusionist,” he said. “It’s a magnificent context for a killer to commit and hide his real-life murders.”

“The Most Assassinated Woman in the World” is written with David Murdoch; La Ferme will produce with Scotland’s Sinner Films. Aim is to shoot early 2015. “There is strong interest from some very good actors in France,” said Ribiere.

“La Parisienne” will analyze the misogynistic nature of France’s haute couture industry, where nearly all the designers and fashion house execs are men making clothes for women, Frediani said.

“We’ll look at the role of French women in chauvinistic French fashion. Talking about fashion we’ll talk about France which is really a very macho country, although it tries to pretend it’s not,” she said.

“Women are just there as models and to spend the money.”

La Ferme will not give up on co-production with Spain. Among new films, it has boarded Luis Tosar starrer “El desconocido,” a high-concept thriller that is lead-produced by Galicia’s Vaca Films. A second La Ferme Spanish co-production will be announced shortly.

“Steak Revolution” travels the world in search of good red meat as it becomes increasingly a luxury item. “I’m delighted to premiere the film in San Sebastian, a city of good food,” he said.

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