Cesar-award winning director Daniel Vigne hasbegun shooting Jean De La Fontaine in Paris and France's Sarthoise region.

The film boasts an all-star cast including LorantDeutsch, Philippe Torreton, Sara Forestierand Jean-Claude Dreyfus and is written by Jacques Forgeas.

The Cineteve/France 2 Cinema production willbe released by Rezo Films locally and shoots throughlate July.

Set in 1661, the period-piece is the first cinematic work to talk aboutone of France's most famousauthors and is billed as a modern fable about freedom of expression and therelationship between art and power.

Although he's recently been doing a lot of TV work, Vigneis best known as the director of 1982's The Return OfMartin Guerre which was remade in the US as Sommersby.