Mongrel International has boarded sales on Blackbird Film’s The Tale, written and directed by Beirut: The Last Home Movie’s Jennifer Fox. Laura Dern, Ellen Burstyn, Sebastian Koch and Elizabeth Debicki star in the drama that begins principal photography this summer. It’s produced by Lawrence Inglee and Oren Moverman (The Messenger, Rampart), along with Fox. The story sees Jennifer, a globetrotting journalist living in New York City, who effortlessly balances work and life with her German boyfriend until the day her mother finds a ‘story’ she wrote at age 13, describing a sexual triangle with two adult coaches. When Jennifer reads the pages from her past, the details are different than her recollection and she decides to track down the men and everyone else connected to “The Tale” with shocking results.
French actress — and muse of Alain Resnais — Sabine Azema will preside over the Camera d’Or jury at the Cannes Film Festival beginning next week. The Camera d’Or is awarded to a first feature selected from across the Competition, Out of Competition, Un Certain Regard, Critics’ Week and Directors’ Fortnight sections. Also on the jury are director Delphine Gleize; actor Melvil Poupaud; Claude Garnier, representing the French Association of Cinematographers; Didier Huck, representing the Federation of Cinema, Audiovisual and Multimedia Industries; Yann Gonzalez, for the Film Directors Society; and Bernard Payen, representing the French Cinema Critics Union. A total of 26 films from first-time helmers is eligible for the prize this year. It has previously gone to such filmmakers as Jim Jarmusch, Mira Nair, Naomi Kawase, Bahman Ghobadi and Steve McQueen.