Entertainment ‘The Nightingale’ Star Aisling Franciosi To Lead Horror ‘Stopmotion’, Wild Bunch Launches Sales — Cannes Market
Cannes Film Festival Names New PR Head As Aïda Belloulid Departs For Netflix
Cannes Film Festival’s head of press Aïda Belloulid has departed the fest to take up a new role as PR Manager at Netflix France. The event has moved swiftly to name Agnès Leroy as its new press chief. She took up the role on June 1. Leroy has worked the majority of her career at Paris-based PR agency Public Système Cinéma, most recently overseeing the communication strategy for the Deauville American Film Festival and the Gérardmer Fantastic Film Festival.
EXCLUSIVE:(The Nightingale) is set to take the lead role in elevated horror film , which Wild Bunch International is launching ahead of the market.
Franciosi, also known for starring in TV series Black Narcissus and The Fall, will play Ella Blake, a stop-motion animator struggling to control her demons after the loss of her overbearing mother, who embarks upon the creation of a film that becomes the battleground for her sanity. As Ella’s mind starts to fracture, the characters in her project take on a life of their own.
The psychological horror will mark the feature debut of short film director Robert Morgan. Morgan, who scripted alongside Robin King, previously directed BAFTA and Sundance-nominated short Bobby Yeah.
Cannes Film Festival Lineup to Include New Paul Verhoeven, Oliver Stone Films
Paul Verhoeven, Oliver Stone, Sean Baker, Asghar Farhadi, Tom McCarthy and Sean Penn are among the directors who will be represented in the official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, which will take place from July 6-17 in the south of France. Verhoeven, Baker and Farhadi will be represented in the main competition with "Benedetta," "Red Rocket" and "A Hero," respectively. "Spotlight" director McCarthy will screen his Matt Damon film "Stillwater" out of competition, while Stone will present the first two hours of his four-hour documentary about the John F. Kennedy assassination, "JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass.
Producers are Alain de la Mata (The Owners) and Christopher Granier-Deferre (Lady Macbeth) for London-based production company BlueLight. The project is being supported by the BFI. A start date has yet to be revealed.
Irish Film & TV Award winner Franciosi is currently in production on three movies: Sam Taylor-Johnson’s Rothko, in which she will star as Kate Rothko; Netflix’s Untitled Sandra Bullock/Nora Fingscheidt Project (which is in post-production); and A24 drama God’s Creatures.
The in-demand Irish-Italian actress’s lauded big screen breakout came on 2018 drama-horror The Nightingale which played at festivals including Venice and Sundance and scored six Australian Academy Awards.
Wild Bunch’s Cannes Film Festival lineup includes Flag Day, Where Is Anne Frank and Casablanca Beats.
Franciosi is repped by WME, United Agents and Barry Littman at Hansen Jacobson, et al.
Nadav Lapid Talks ‘Ahed’s Knee’ Ahead Of Cannes Competition Bow: Writing After His Mother’s Death, ‘Synonyms’ Golden Bear Win & Why Israeli Cinema Is “Afraid Of Its Own Shadow” .
The first decade of Nadav Lapid’s career has been a rapid ascension to the top. The Israeli filmmaker premiered his debut feature at Locarno (2011’s Policeman), became the hit of Cannes Critics’ Week in 2014 with his The Kindergarten Teacher (later remade with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the lead role), and then landed the prestigious Golden Bear in 2019 with Synonyms.