, After Le Chant du loup, broadcast this evening on W9, its director, Antonin Baudry, will produce a diptych on a great figure in history: General de Gaulle! We tell you more about this ambitious project.
What project for Antonin Baudry after Le Chant du loup? Director of the successful film with François Civil, Omar Sy and Reda Kateb, the filmmaker is currently working on a very ambitious project, confirming a strong trend for the producer and distributor of Pathé films: that of revisiting the political and literary heritage , and highlight strong personalities, very identified with the general public.
This diptych, still untitled, will be devoted to the figure of De Gaulle, but with a new point of view. If we have known the existence of this project for a few months already, its director agreed to tell us a little more during an interview at the festival:
“It is De Gaulle seen from London, over the period 40 to 44. It is an extremely strange individual who arrives in the English landscape, of which nobody understands very well neither what he does, nor what he wants. . We want to try to have this point of view which is not the one we are used to in France – which is a bit like the one we can have on a historical monument, almost a great figure of the paternal superego-.
Rather, it’s about seeing it from the outside. See what happened during this period which is in fact very complex and quite unknown.“
This project currently in writing will be based mainly on the book by British historian Julian T. Jackson, De Gaulle. A certain idea of France. “This biography includes a lot of testimonies of the time, sometimes unpublished. It shows that he is a complex figure, very far from what we imagine. “And to add:”This is one source, but there are many others. It’s a real historian’s job. “
“In France, it’s very difficult to make films about politicians, follows the filmmaker to our microphone. There is a very different outlook from the one we can have in countries like Denmark, Sweden, the United States or Spain. We really have a very family relationship, very infantilized – I find – political power. Suddenly, it’s very difficult to have a perspective in a film. So it’s a bet which is both difficult and which also relies on the mediation of an outside perspective. “
The film will be in 2 parts, and shot in the continuity. “This lends itself dramatically. And I find that we are at an interesting time in terms of formats, at a time of reflection. Having two films makes it possible to explore the complexity of a subject over time, without actually making a soap opera, and that interests me“, he develops.
Filming is expected to begin in 2023. The casting has not yet been released.
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