Adopt Films has taken all US rights to “Violette,” starring Emmanuelle Devos (“Coco Before Chanel,” “The Beat My Heart Skipped”) in the title role as feminist author Violette Leduc. The film, helmed by Martin Provost (“Seraphine”), premiered at TIFF, where TOH! had good things to say about it.
We weren’t the only ones who liked it. Variety called it a “sharply observed, sympathetic biopic of a trailblazing author,” and the NY Times found it “deeply satisfying.” Both praised Devos’ performance.
The film spans twenty years, from the last days of WWII until the publication of Leduc’s first bestseller “The Bastard.” The film charts her young life of poverty, having been born out of wedlock, to her sensational friendships with fellow authors and mentors Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet and Maurice Sachs, to her life as a bisexual woman and an estimable literary talent.
Adopt is eyeing a late May or early June 2014 release for the film.
If you have a good handle of French, check out the non-subtitled trailer: