The 2023 Cannes Film Festival may be dying down, but a brand new project has just hit the market to spice things up.
Kristen Stewart (spencer), Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) and Elle Fanning (Teen Spirit, the big one) will take over the cast of Prune rose bushthe next feature film by Karim Aïnouz, whose historical drama starring Jude Law and Alicia Vikander arsonist The film had its world premiere in the main competition in Cannes last week and received extremely positive reviews. The Match Factory and MUBI support the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter expects Aïnouz to direct from a script by Efthimis Filippou (Dogtooth, Killing the Sacred Deer, The Lobster) and adapted from Marco Bellocchio’s 1965 debut film fists in pockets, a dark satire about family and social values that is now considered a milestone in Italian cinema. Adaptation rights were acquired from Kavac Film.
The Match Factory previously worked with Aïnouz on his 2019 award-winning film Un Certain Regard The Invisible Life of Eurídice Gusmão. Produce Viola Fügen and Michael Weber Prune rose bush for The Match Factory, which is also handling the film’s sales. CAA Media Finance represents North American distribution rights. MUBI finances the production.
“Marco Bellocchio’s amazing debut, fists in pockets, was released over 50 years ago and had a major impact on Italian cinema and storytelling at the time,” said Aïnouz. “I am delighted to be collaborating with Efthimis Filippou to revisit this iconic work and create a contemporary parable about the death of the traditional patriarchal family – which I hope will be both poignant and provocative in equal measure.” It’s a dream come true to work with such a dynamic cast of actors that I have long admired to bring this explosive adaptation to audiences today.”
Prune rose bush Production is scheduled to begin in spring 2024.
Stewart is represented by WME and McKuin/Frankel/Whitehead. O’Connor is represented by CAA, Independent Talent Group and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole. Fanning is represented by UTA, Echo Lake Entertainment and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller, Gellman, Meigs & Fox. Aïnouz is represented by Lark Management, CAA and JSSK.
In the original fists in pockets, a young man suffering from epilepsy (Lou Castel in his first film role), plots the murders of his dysfunctional family. The film proved controversial at the Locarno Festival, where it premiered and was panned by several big screen names, but was positively received by younger critics and audiences and became a sleeper hit. In 2008, the Italian Ministry of Culture included the film on its list of 100 films to save, a collection of films that “had transformed the country’s collective memory between 1942 and 1978”.