Haut et Court, the French production banner behind the Palme d’Or winning film “The Class,” the Cannes 2020 hit “Gagarine,” and popular series like “The Returned” and “Possessions,” is producing the next films by Cannes’ Golden Camera winner Houda Benyamina, Dominik Moll and with Komplizen Film, co-producing a project from German helmer Kilian Riedhof (“Gladbeck”) .
The Paris-based company, which is headed by Carole Scotta, Caroline Benjo and Simon Arnal, major advocates for diversity and inclusion, is also developing films with up-and-coming filmmakers, including Simon Bouisson (“Stalk,” “Wei or Die”), Olivier Babinet (“Swagger”), as well as Carine May and Hakim Zouhani.
Benyamina, who won Cannes’ Camera d’Or with her feature debut “Divines” and most recently directed episodes of Damian Chazelle’s series “The Eddy,” is developing “Toutes pour unes,” a €13 million ($15 million) adventure film following fearless female knights who dress up as men and take the identity of the musketeers in order to save the queen from a conspiracy plotted by the Cardinal de Richelieu.
Benyamina wrote the screenplay with Juliette Sales and Fabien Suarez, the writers of the family adventure franchise “Belle et Sebastian.” The movie is produced by Haut et Court and Easy Tiger, the banner which had produced “Divines.”
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“It’s a feminist take on ‘The Three Musketeers’ which takes place over the course of 15 days and is packed with action and beautiful characters,” said Scotta.
Although the plot is pure fiction, Benyamina and her two writing partners have delivered a meticulously documented script that accurately describes the historical backdrop, explained Benjo, who added that the ambitious movie will be packed with action and epic battles.
France Televisions and Canal Plus have pre-bought it.
Riedhof’s movie, “Vous n’aurez pas ma haine,” is an adaptation of Antoine Leiris’ book by the same name. The film follows the true story of a 30-year-old journalist who lost his wife in the terror attack at the Bataclan in Paris in 2015 and had to overcome grief to continue raising his 2-year-old son on his own.
Now in post-production, the film is a co-production between Haut et Court and Komplizen, the Germany banner behind Maren Ade’s award-winning “Toni Erdmann.” “Vous n’aurez pas ma haine” stars Pierre Deladonchamps, Zoé Ioirio, Thomas Mustin and Camélia Jordana. It was penned by Jan Braren, Marc Blobaum, Riedhof and Stephanie Kalfon.
Babinet’s movie, “Normale,” (pictured) is an adaptation of David Greig’s play “Monster in the Hall,” and revolves around Lucie, a 14-year-old girl full of imagination who lives alone with her father, who suffers from multiple sclerosis. Between her duties as a caregiver, her small job and her homework, Lucie manages to escape reality through the writing of an edgy autobiography.
“Normale” was co-written by Sales, Suarez and Babinet. The movie stars Benoit Poelvoorde, Justine Lacroix, Joseph Roze, Sofia Khammes and Mayline Dubois.
May and Zouhani’s movie, “La cour des miracles,” is a socially minded contemporary comedy set at Jules Ferry, a public high school located in a poor suburb of Paris that is threatened by the opening of a new school for posh Parisians in the neighborhood. Fearing a brain drain in favor of this new school, Jules Ferry’s principal, Zahia, teams with a young teacher to raise the profile of her school and turn it into a environmentally friendly institution.
“La cour des miracles” was penned by May and Zouhani, in collaboration with Catherine Paillé and Romain Compingt. The cast includes Rachida Brakni, Anaïde Rozam, Disiz La Peste, Gilbert Melki, Mourad Boudaoud, Raphaël Quenard, Sébastien Chassagne, Léonie Simaga and Yann Papin.
Haut et Court’s production division, which is headed by Barbara Letellier, also includes crime thriller “La nuit du 12,” penned by Moll and Gilles Marchand (“Gregory”), based on Pauline Guena’s book “18.3 Une Année à La PJ.”
“Drone,” directed by Bouisson, is a genre movie about a mysterious love story between a drone and a young woman. The film was written by Bouisson, Fanny Burdino and Samuel Doux, whose credits include “The Prayer” and “Arthur Rambo.” It will start shooting this winter.
Haut et Court is at Cannes with Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet’s “Anais in Love” at Critics’ Week, Jonas Carpignano’s A chiara in Director’s Fortnight, Marie Amiguet’s La Panthère des Neiges in Cinema for the Climate and Juho Kuosmanen’s “Compartiment No. 6” playing in competition. The company, whose distribution unit is headed by Laurence Petit, will be releasing both films in France.