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Adopt Films Nabs TIFF Fave 'Violette,' Starring Emmanuelle Devos (TRAILER)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood October 2, 2013 at 11:55AM

Adopt Films has taken all US rights to "Violette," starring Emmanuelle Devos in the title role as feminist author Violette Leduc. The film, helmed by Martin Provost, premiered at TIFF, where TOH! had good things to say about it.
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"Violette"
"Violette"

Adopt Films has taken all US rights to "Violette," starring Emmanuelle Devos ("Coco Before Chanel," "The Beat My Heart Skipped") in the title role as feminist author Violette Leduc. The film, helmed by Martin Provost ("Seraphine"), premiered at TIFF, where TOH! had good things to say about it.

We weren't the only ones who liked it. Variety called it a "sharply observed, sympathetic biopic of a trailblazing author," and the NY Times found it "deeply satisfying." Both praised Devos' performance.

The film spans twenty years, from the last days of WWII until the publication of Leduc's first bestseller "The Bastard." The film charts her young life of poverty, having been born out of wedlock, to her sensational friendships with fellow authors and mentors Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet and Maurice Sachs, to her life as a bisexual woman and an estimable literary talent.

Adopt is eyeing a late May or early June 2014 release for the film.

If you have a good handle of French, check out the non-subtitled trailer:

This article is related to: News, Emmanuelle Devos, Martin Provost, News


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.