Jacques Audiard, the Oscar-nominated French director (“A Prophet”), is finally gearing up to shoot his next film, “Emilia Perez,” this spring with a cast led by Carla Sofia Gascon, Selena Gomez and Zoe Saldana.
After “Paris, 13th District,” an intimate black-and-white film about millennial love, Audiard is aiming for a bigger canvas for “Emilia Perez,” a musical crime comedy that Audiard says diversity The lens will be in a studio near Paris instead of Mexico as originally planned.
Gascon, a rising Argentinian trans actor, will play a fearsome Mexican cartel leader who undergoes a gender reassignment to escape the law, become the woman she’s always wanted to be.
Audiard says the idea for “Emilia Perez” came to him more than two years ago as “an opera libretto in four acts,” and that’s how he wrote the treatment.
“It was an idea for the first time [for a film] It came to me under this shape and that might explain why I would direct the movie in a studio,” says Audiard. “It’s like going back to an early intuition.”
Audiard assembled a renowned creative team for the film: composer Clément Ducal, singer, lyricist/composer Camille and choreographer Damien Jalet.
The Palme d’Or-winning director said filming in a studio would give him “more freedom to sing and choreograph parts.” While shooting on location has its advantages, especially in terms of production costs, it can also be limited in terms of space, lighting and availability.
Audiard added that the studio would allow her to “create more forms”, suggesting that “Emilia Perez” will have a richer visual style. And the interior scenes required the reconstruction of an authentic Mexican background.
as diversity As previously reported, the shooting was delayed by six months due to scheduling conflicts.
“Emilia Perez” will mark the follow-up to Audiard’s “Paris, 13th District,” which had its world premiere in competition at Cannes in 2021. Audiard previously made his English-language directorial debut with the Venice-award-winning film “The Sisters Brothers” starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Riley. Audiard, who won the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2015 with “Dheepan”, is best known for his Oscar-nominated film “A Prophet” in which Tahar Rahim played a breakthrough role.
“Emilia Perez” is Audiard’s first solo film. Thomas Bidegain, who co-wrote several films with Audiard including “A Prophet”, “Dheepan” and “The Sisters Brothers”, is acting as a creative collaborator on the film.
“Emilia Perez” is produced by Pascal Caucheteux’s Why Not Productions, as well as Audiard and Valerie Sherman through their Paris-based banner Page 114. The Veterans, Vincent Maraval and Kim Fox’s banner, is handling international sales, with CAA Media Finance representing the North American region.