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The Johnny Depp drama is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Film Festival

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Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea International Film Festival has announced it is backing the upcoming French period drama “Jean du Barry,” which stars Johnny Depp as 18th-century French king Louis XV.

The film, now in post, is directed by French actress and filmmaker Mawen, who plays the titular courtesan, Madame du Barry. Pierre Richard, Benjamin Lavernhe, Nomi Lvovsky, Melville Poupaud, India Hare and Pascal Gregory also star.

“Jean du Barry,” which is being co-financed through the Red Sea Film Foundation, marks Red Sea Fest’s first international co-production with France and showcases the festival’s ongoing mission to “support distinctive filmmaking and champion visionary female talent. Sara Behind the camera from the world,” the fest said in a statement. Since 2019, the Red Sea Film Foundation has supported the development, production and post-production of 170 films from the Arab world and Africa. The investment is for the Jeddah-based foundation to finance one film outside the MENA region. marks a rare initiative for The ambitious fest, which is Saudi Arabia’s top film event and the kingdom’s bridge to the international film world, held its second, highly successful edition in December.

“Jean du Barry”, which was shot in France, is Mawen’s sixth feature. The film, which he co-wrote with Teddy Lucey-Modest and Nicolas Livechy, has been acquired by Netflix for France where it will land on the streaming platform after a local theatrical release via Le Pact. Pic was produced by Why Not Production Company’s Pascal Caucheteux and Grégoire Sorlat in association with Johnny Depp’s production company IN.2, La Petite Reine and France Télévisions, with Red Sea Fest now serving as executive producer and Wild Bunch serving as international sales. doing Representative.

Financial terms of Red Sea Fest’s participation in the film were not disclosed.

Mohammed Al Turki, CEO of the Red Sea Film Festival, said, “We are thrilled to support Maiwen’s upcoming feature “Jean du Barry”. “This is a film that immediately piqued our interest, an incredibly unique and ambitious biographical feature and a testament to our commitment to supporting new talent and collaborating with world-class writers, directors and producers,” he added: “We hope This collaboration will strengthen the relationship between Saudi and French cinema and is the first of many international films we can support for women filmmakers.”

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