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Producers Say 'The Class' Director Laurent Cantet's 'Foxfire' Being Prepped For TIFF Premiere

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 31, 2012 at 5:36PM

Yeah, we know. We're as surprised as you are. The last we hard about French filmmaker Laurent Cantet's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Foxfire" was when it was announced over a year ago. We were excited by the prospect of the director behind the fantastic Palme d'Or-winning "The Class" as well as "Time Out" and "Human Resources taking on the tale that has most famously already hit the screen in a version starring Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.
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Foxfire Laurent Cantet Set Photo

Yeah, we know. We're as surprised as you are. The last we hard about French filmmaker Laurent Cantet's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' "Foxfire" was when it was announced over a year ago. We were excited by the prospect of the director behind the fantastic Palme d'Or-winning "The Class" as well as "Time Out" and "Human Resources taking on the tale that has most famously already hit the screen in a version starring Angelina Jolie and Jenny Lewis.

Well, lo and behold, this thing already went in front of cameras last summer. And with some additional photography now underway in Peterborough, Ontario in Canada, producers Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl have revealed to the Peterborough Examiner that the film is being prepped for a bow at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall.

"Foxfire" follows the story of a group of headstrong, adolescent girls who grow up amidst violence and frustration in 1950's upstate New York and go on to form the titular Firefox gang; a female-only society recognized by the flame tattooed on the back of member's shoulders. Cantet is going for some gritty realism, as he did with his previous feature, casting some unknowns and first time actors to make up the girl gang, including Claire Mazerolle as Goldie, Kate Coseni as Maddy and Madeleine Bisson as Rita. Spirit Ridge K9 & Rescue who worked as the dog handlers on the film shot the behind the scenes pic of Cantet and his cast above.

Hopefully we'll get some kind of a first look soon, but we're eager to see what Cantet has pulled together. Too early for release dates or any further inforomation. For now, here's the official synopsis

Upstate New York, 1953, a working class neighborhood in a small town. In this violent post-war culture controlled by men, a group of headstrong teenage girls unite into a sisterhood of blood: they form the Foxfire gang, a secret female-only society, recognized by the flame tattooed on the back of its members’ shoulders.

“Foxfire” for pretty foxes, but also “Foxfire” for fire and destruction.

Legs, Maddy, Lana, Rita and Goldie cannot accept any longer to be humiliated and discriminated against for being poor, and being girls. Headed by the feisty Legs, the girls set on a trip for revenge, and try to pursue their impossible dream: living according to their own rules and laws, no matter what. But there’s a price to pay…

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