Acclaimed French director Leos Carax’s last film “Holy Motors” is one of the most acclaimed films of the young century. It premiered at Cannes in 2012 and won the Award of the Youth, and garnered universally positive notices upon release in the United States. It most recently placed at number 16 on the BBC’s recent list of the 21st century’s greatest films with Drew McWeeny writing that it’s “an act of grief designed as an expression of love.” Now, Carax returns with “Annette,” a new music drama starring Rooney Mara (“Carol”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”).
According to Variety, the film follows the rise and fall of a love affair and will reunite the “Holy Motors” crew. It will be Carax’s first English-language debut, and will be produced by Paris-based Arena Films, Swiss company Vega, Japan’s Eurospace and Belgium’s Wrong Men. It’s rumored that Rihanna will have a small part in the film.
Carax has only directed four other features besides “Holy Motors”: “Boy Meets Girl,” “Mauvais Sang,” “Les Amants du Pont-Neuf” and “Pola X.”
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“Annette” is expected to start shooting in late spring for 15 weeks on a $15.5 million budget. It’s represented in international markets by Gregoire Melin’s Kinology, which is also co-producing.