French actress Sandrine Bonnaire is directing her first fictional feature film, with principal photography starting today.

J’enrage de son absence (literal translation: An absence making me angry) will star William Hurt, Alexandra Lamy and Augustin Legrand.

Bonnaire co-wrote the script with Jérôme Tonnerre.

Film Distribution’s Sébastien Beffa will handle international sales while Ad Vitam will distribute the film in France.
This psychological drama will be co-produced by French company Mosaique Films (Jean Vercoutere and Thomas Schmitt). The actress already successfully worked with them for documentary Her Name is Sabine, which screened in Cannes Quinzaine in 2007.

Mon voisin productions’ Michel Feller and Dominique Besnehard will also produce; Besnehard is the actress’ former agent. Also on board are Iris Productions (Luxembourg) and Iris Films (Belgium).