Leos Carax’s Holly Motors traces 24 hours in the life of a person who travels between different lives, including that of a murderer, beggar, CEO, monstrous creature and father of a family. Based on Carax’s own screenplay, with Denis Lavant confirmed to star, the drama will start shooting in August in Paris. It is being produced by Pierre Grise Productions and received financial backing towards its $5.4m budget from Arte France Cinéma, Canal +, CNC (Centre National de la Cinématographie), Ciné+ (previously CinéCinéma) and Région Ile-de-France.
The Italian capital Rome currently serves as the shooting location for Giuseppe Piccioni’s drama Il Rosso E Il Blu, about a cynical old teacher, a young supply teacher and a strict headmistress, starring Margherita Buy, Riccardo Scamarcio and Roberto Herlitzka. Based on Marco Lodoli’s novel, Piccioni co-wrote the script with Francesca Manieri. Donatella Botti is producing for Bianca Film and the Italian Cultural Ministry (MiBAC) provided funding support. Shooting will wrap in mid-August.
Currently shooting in Germany is Christian Lerch’s comedy Was Weg Is, Is Weg, which is set in 1980s Bavaria and tells the tale of environmental activism, friendship and family, love and reconciliation. It is based on Jess Jochimsen’s novel Bellboy. The film is a joint co-production by Degeto Film ARD, Deutschfilm, Senator Film Produktion and Bayerischer Rundfunk with financial aid provided by fff-bayern. Florian Brückner, Mathias Kellner and Maximilian Brückner are among the cast. Shooting will continue for another week in Kraiburg am Inn. Senator Film Verleih has acquired German distribution rights for a 2012 release.