LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - PARIS- Cannes veteran Bruno Dumont ("Camille Claudel 1915") will next helm "Ma Loute," a burlesque period comedy in the vein of his critically-aclaimed TV series "Li'l Quinquin," which world-premiered at Directors' Fortnight.
"Ma Loute" is produced by Dumont's regular collaborator, Jean Brehat at 3B Productions.
Set at the beginning of the 20th century, in a seaside village of the North of France, pic centers around the forbidden romance between Maloute and Billie who belong to two family clans who hate each other. On one hand, there are The Belforts, modest fishermen and cannibals, and on the other, the Van Peteghems, upper-class bourgeois known for being consanguineous and crazy thieves. Embroiled in raft of mysterious disappearances, the families are being investigated by two cops.
Dumont's latest - and seventh -- feature film, "Camille Claudel 1915" with Juliette Binoche, world premiered at Berlin. The helmer is best-known for bold, intimist dramas like Cannes players "Hors Satan," which opened in Un Certain Regard, as well as "Flanders" and "Humanity," which both won the Grand Jury Prizes.
Brehat told Variety 3B Productions will be casting high-profile thesps for the four main roles while other characters will be played by non-professionals as in his other movies.
Budgeted around 7 million Euros, the film will start shooting in August or September. Franco-German net Arte is co-producing.