Every now and then, foreign filmmakers try to transition to a broader audience by tackling English language fare, and sometimes it pans out, and on other occasions they retreat back to their native tongue. And Ruben Ostlund, who earned plenty of acclaim for “Force Majeur,” is going to try and make the leap.
Variety reports he’s got two projects, one for the big screen, and another for the small. On the film front, Ostlund will helm “The Square” which will “most likely” be in English. The plot will revolve around a museum’s attempt to drum up publicity for an altruistically themed exhibit that goes over the line. Casting is underway, and production will begin this summer, which likely means a return to Cannes next spring for Ostlund. Meanwhile, he’s also working on a English TV comedy, featuring the great title “You Know That Weekend You Were Away With The Kids?,” which will focus on adultery, and has already been snapped up by a U.S. network, that is not being revealed just yet. So, some exciting things on the horizon.
Meanwhile, the trade also reveals that Bruno Dumont will get rolling in August on “Jeanette.” That’s his previously announced musical about Joan of Arc, focusing on her childhood, and based on the works of writer Charles Péguy. Oh yeah, it will feature a rock and techno score by Gautier Serre (aka Igorrr). Can’t wait to see how that turns out.