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Dardenne Brothers to Make Terrorism-Themed Drama (EXCLUSIVE)

Martin Scorsese holds U.S. rights on ‘Drole de Pere’; Luc Dardennes praises Marion Cotillard’s Academy Award nominated perf in ‘Two Days, One Night’

Luc Dardenne
Courtesy of Lima Film Festival

LIMA – Belgian filmmaking brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are developing a drama about the rise of terrorism in Europe. “We are writing the script now, and hope to shoot it in Belgium by the fall of next year,” said Luc Dardenne, to whom the 20th Lima Film Festival is paying tribute. The still untitled project dovetails with the filmmaking duo’s penchant for stories about the working class and marginalized fringes of society.

As part of their tribute, Lima is screening a selection of the brothers’ most iconic pics, including their Cannes Palme d’Or winners “Rosetta” and “L’Enfant” as well as “La Promesse” and Cannes 2011 Grand Prix winner “The Kid with a Bike.”

“I’m very honored to be here to receive this homage,” said Dardenne, who is visiting Lima for the first time.

Meanwhile, the brothers are co-producing $1.1 million dramedy “Drole de Pere” (roughly translated to “Funny Dad”) with Amelie Vanelbd at the helm, her second pic. France’s Pascal Caucheteux of Why Not Prods. is co-producing. Principal photography is expected to wrap by Aug. 13, said Dardenne, who added that Martin Scorcese holds the U.S. distribution rights to the pic. Dramedy revolves around a man who discovers the joys and challenges of paternity when he finds out he has a daughter.

The Dardennes are also co-producing “Carnivore” a dramedy about two sisters that Belgian actor-scribe Jeremie Renier, who starred in “L’Enfant” and “Kid with a Bike,” and his brother, thesp Yannick Renier (“Love Songs,” “Welcome”) are co-directing and producing. Pic is currently in production.

“We have been making documentaries for the past 30 years and fiction features for the past 15,” said Dardenne who praises Marion Cotillard for her work ethic. “She worked very hard to prepare for her role in ‘Two Days, One Night,’“ said Dardenne.

Cotillard received a Best Actress Academy Award nom for her role as a factory worker who has one weekend to convince her fellow workers to reject a bonus so that she won’t be made redundant. “Two Days, One Night” competed for the Palme d’Or in 2014, and won three major Magritte awards from Belgium’s film academy, and represented the country at the 87th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language film.