PERIOD SET FILMS
TO EXPECT FROM FRANCE
Hollywood Spy is bringing you web's most extensive spotlight on all the period set movies we can expect from France, starting with A MASTER OF ARMS (Maître d’armes) which will be directed by Vincent Peres who is also directing. Paris, 1887. In a rapidly changing society, where dueling is the
last way out to uphold one's honour, Clément Lacaze, charismatic fencing master, and Marie-Rose Astié de Valsayre, a feminist ahead of her time, will fight side by side, ignoring the threats and dangers that await them. Roschdy Zem,
Doria Tillier and
|Vincent Peres will star and direct|
MADAME DE SEVIGNE
With Karin Viard in the title role, it will also star Ana Girardot, Cédric Kahn, and Noémie Lvovsky. In the middle of the 17th century, the Marquise de Sévigné wanted to make her daughter a brilliant and independent woman, in her image. But the more she tries to have a hold on the destiny of the young woman, the more she alienates her. Mother and daughter then experience the pangs of a singular and devastating passion. From this devastation will be born a major work of French literature.
THE SHADOW OF CARAVAGGIO
Directed by Michele Placido, this co production between France and Italy will also star Riccardo Scamarcio, Louis Garrel, Isabelle Huppert. Italy, in 1600. The adventurous life of the great 16th century Italian painter, Caravaggio. A disturbing figure is responsible for investigating the latter because his art is deemed subversive.
THE LAST QUEEN
aka La Dernière reine will star Adila Bendimerad, Dali Benssalah, Tahar Zaoui! Year is 1516, Legend says that the King of Algiers had a wife named Zaphira. When the pirate Aroudj Barbarossa arrives to liberate the city from the Spaniards, he is determined to conquer Zaphira as well as the kingdom itself. But is Zaphira ready to let him or is she plotting for herself?
POMARE, LAST QUEEN OF TAHITI
aka Pomaré, la dernière reine de Tahiti will star Tuheï Adams, Alexia Barlier, Bernard Le Coq and Terence Telle. In the kingdom of the lagoons where custom dictates that only men can become kings young Aïmata Pomare will break this law. Faced with the hostility of her peers, threatened by the greed of England and France, Aïmata, a young Tahitian princess, will try to save her traditions and her people in order to offer her a destiny. This is how she will become the last queen of Tahiti and make peace with France.
THE FURCY SLAVE AFFAIR
aka L'Affaire de l’esclave Furcy will be an adaptation of Mohammed Aïssaoui's novel. It will tell the true story of Furcy, a slave on a plantation on
Bourbon Island (Reunion), who decided in October 1817 to take his master to court to demand his freedom. After many twists and turns, this affair which lasted more than twenty years will find its denouement in Paris in 1843 at the Royal Cessation Court.
aka La Concession by director Aurelia Raoull. 1867. Charlotte is part of a convoy of women sent to New Caledonia to populate this new French colony. While this 17-year-old orphan is won over by the Kanak spirits of Caledonian land, she revolts against her husband and the colonial system...
WIN OR DIE
Also known as VAINCRE OU MOURIR has already been shot and is currently in the process of post production which means we can show you the first photos from this historical war movie directed together by Paul Mignot and Vincent Mottez and a rather strong cast of French superstars led by Hugo Becker, Gregory Fitoussi, Jonathan Demurger, Jean Hugues Anglade and Rod Paradot. To be distributed by our favourite StudioCanal, this historical action war movie should troop into cinemas sometime next year.
THE STORY OF WIN OR DIE
follows the adventures of Charette (played here by French star Hugo Becker), naval officer, winner of the American War of Independence, who sees his life changed in 1793 when he engages in a final fight for freedom. François Athanase de Charette de la Contrie (2 May 1763 – 29 March 1796) was a Breton Royalist soldier and politician. He served in the French Royal Navy during the American Revolutionary War and was one of the leaders of the Revolt in the Vendée against the revolutionary regime during which the peasant fighters asked Charette to be their leader. During the very brutal war in which republicans massacred many people, he won numerous battles but was captured and executed when he was just 32.