Famke Janssen is in Cannes for her directorial debut, Bringing Up Bobby, set in Oklahoma.
Netherlands-born actress Famke Janssen is in town for one night only for the market screening of her directorial debut, Bringing Up Bobby (sold by Bankside). The Paris Texas-inspired drama about a European con artist who goes to Oklahoma with her son to escape her past.
Janssen, who lives in New York, says there are parallels between the film’s central character (played by Milla Jovovich) and her own experiences. “When I first moved to the States, my perception was based on what I’d seen in the movies. Milla’s character is kind of living out her skewed idea of the American dream, which she has taken from the movies.”
Janssen chose Oklahoma because she “always liked the idea of putting a European creature in the most American of settings”.
Apart from the 100-degree plus temperatures during the shoot last summer, Janssen says the biggest challenge was raising the finance. “We had the usual horror stories of independent film-making.” With no plans to give up the day job, Janssen is heading to Berlin tomorrow where she is shooting Paramount’s Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters.