By Oliver Lyttelton | www.oliverlyttelton.com May 12, 2011 at 12:29PM
It's always said that when it comes to breaking into the film industry, it's not what you know, but who you know, and it's hard to deny that nepotism is rife in the industry. But when it's meant that talents like Sofia Coppola, Nicolas Cage, Peter Fonda, Drew Barrymore, John Huston and, uh, Clint Howard, to name but a few, it's hard to complain too much. Today we've obtained an exclusive first image of a project that utilizes a number of members of famous filmmaking families, and it's looking pretty promising.
Actor Mathieu Demy comes from famous filmmaking stock, being the son of French filmmaking giants Agnes Varda and Jacques Demy, and he's already racked up an impressive career in front of the camera, in films like "God is Great, But I'm Not," "Aram" and "The Girl On The Train." Now, according to a press release from BAC Films International, who've picked up all of the worldwide rights to the project, he's made his directorial debut, on a self-penned project entitled "Americano," and he's attracted fellow filmmaking family members to the cast like Chiara Mastroianni, daughter of Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve, Geraldine Chaplin, daughter of Charlie Chaplin and Carlos Bardem, the older brother of Javier Bardem. But the film will be toplined by Demy himself, opposite international star Salma Hayek.
Demy will play Martin, a man grieving from the death of his mother, and escaping a failing relationship, who returns to Los Angeles, where he grew up, to sort out his inheritance. Troubled by childhood memories, he goes off to track down Lola, a Mexican woman (Hayek) who he knew in childhood, eventually finding her down at the Americano club in Tijuana, where she works as a stripper. Mastroianni will play Martin's ex-girlfriend, while Chaplin will play an old friend of the family who kicks off his quest.
Demy comments in the press release ""Americano" is a film I have been working on for years. I wanted to tackle a theme that directly relates to my history, my identity: transmission. What do you inherit from your parents? How do you deal with it? And how do you write your own story?" And it seems like he's using the unique advantages of his own upbringing: "I used footage from one of my mother's film, "Documenteur", where she filmed me when I was 8 and was living with her in LA. Those images find a special echo in the film, and question our relationship to fiction and reality. But I also wanted to do a universal film, that will travel and please all type of audiences. That is why I decided to gather a very special cast, whom I must thank for their support and their faith in the project."
The film's now in post-production, having recently wrapped its multi-lingual, globe-spanning shoot -- it lensed in Paris, L.A. and Tijuana, and will be in French, English and Spanish -- and should apparently be ready for the festival season in the fall, so a bow in Toronto or Venice wouldn't be out of the question. Les Films du Losange will distribute in France, and BAC Films will be the sales agent. It all sounds fairly intriguing, and Demy's parentage alone is reason enough to make us very, very curious about what he's come up with.