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April 16, 2021
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Director Mihaileanu works on big budget film produced by Luc Besson

Luc Besson`s EuropaCorp has teamed up with Paris-based Elzevir Films to produce director Radu Mihaileanu`s new film “La Source des femmes.” Pierre-Ange Le Pogam produces the $8.8 million “The Source” (working title) for EuropaCorp along with Romanian-born Mihaileanu. The helmer penned the screenplay with Alain-Michel Blanc, his co-scribe on “The Concert,” which was one of Europe`s biggest arthouse breakouts in 2009. “The Source” will be co-produced by Belgium`s Panache Prods. and Italy`s Indigo. Cineart. “The Source” is set in an isolated village where women threaten to withdraw their sexual favours if the men don`t bring water to save them from an uphill walk to the area`s sole well.


Le Pogam said the film, which Mihaileanu is currently casting, should be ready by April or May. Mih?ileanu is a Romanian-born French film director and screenwriter. As a student in 1980 he was forced to leave Romania which was then ruled by Nicolae Ceausescu and moved to France. He studied film and graduated from the Institute des Hautes Études Cinématographiques (IDHEC) in Paris. Radu Mih?ileanu’s debut feature, Betrayal / Trahir (1993), brought him back to his native Romania and was recognised at several renowned film festivals such as the Montreal Film Festival and the Istanbul Film Festival. Train of Life / Train de Vie (1998), his second feature, launched his international career. The film was not only screened at a myriad of film festivals, but was also awarded numerous prizes including the Audience Award for best foreign film at the Sundance Film Festival, two awards at the Venice Film Festival and the award for best foreign film at both the Donatello in Italy and the Cosnes sur Loire Film Festival. The critical acclaim he received for his most recent film, Va, Vis et Deviens/ Live and Become (2005) secured his position as one of the most renowned European directors today. The film won countless awards including the Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival and the César for Best Screenplay in 2006.

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