Marion Cotillard, known for her role in “Little Girl Blue,” will star in Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s new film “La tour de glace.”
The movie, a collaboration between Hadzihalilovic and producer Muriel Merlin, is set to be the director’s most ambitious project yet. It will reunite Cotillard with Hadzihalilovic, who previously worked together on the film “Innocence” in 2004.
Set in the 1970s, “La tour de glace” tells the story of Jeanne, a teenage girl who escapes from her orphanage in a mountain village and travels to Paris. There, she finds refuge in a warehouse that is being used as a film studio for “The Snow Queen.” Jeanne becomes entangled with Cristina, the film’s star, who exerts a powerful and dangerous influence over the young girl.
The film explores the power dynamics between the seductive Cristina and the vulnerable Jeanne, drawing parallels with the plot of “The Snow Queen” and symbolizing Jeanne’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. It will also incorporate elements of fantasy and fairy tales, with a visual aesthetic inspired by Georges Méliès.
“La tour de glace” has secured Metropolitan Films as its distributor and will be represented in international markets by Goodfellas. Filming in France is set to start in the early months of next year.
Muriel Merlin is currently in the process of raising financing for the film and has enlisted German producer Ingmar Trost. The involvement of Metropolitan Filmexport, a prominent French distributor, indicates the film’s potential to appeal to a wide audience beyond the arthouse circuit.
Lucile Hadzihalilovic has directed several acclaimed films, including “La bouche de Jean-Pierre” and “Evolution,” which won awards at the Cannes Film Festival and San Sebastian Film Festival, respectively. “La tour de glace” promises to be an exciting collaboration between the talented director and the renowned actress Marion Cotillard.