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Breillat signs for Japan-set Bridge of Floating Dreams

French director to direct her first English-language film.

French director Catherine Breillat has signed to direct her first English-language film, Bridge of Floating Dreams set against the backdrop of Japan some twenty years after Hiroshima.  

Set against the backdrop of 1960s Japan, it revolves around the relationship between Sean, a young Australian backpacker on his first foreign adventure, and Miyoshi, a nightclub hostess.

In the backdrop, Sean is also befriended by an Austrian forger and a street-wise Japanese wannabe Yakuza hit man.  

“In the relationship between Miyoshi and Sean there is something of “romance”, but more flamboyant and carnal; more romantic and Romanesque,” says Breillat.

It is based on a screenplay by award-winning Australian screenwriter Brian Jones

“In the relationship between Miyoshi and Sean there is something of “romance”, but more flamboyant and carnal; more romantic and Romanesque,” says Breillat.

It is the first time Breillat, whose last film Abuse of Weakness premiered at Toronto last year, has directed in English and someone else’s project

The production was initiated by respected late Australian producer David Hannay. Producer Richard Barnes, a life-long friend of Hannay, has taken over the production alongside François Cohen-Séat of Candide Production France.

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