Actress Isabelle Adjani and six other French movie industry luminaries have stunned the nation's film buffs by choosing a Renoir biopic over a Cannes Film Festival favourite as next year's (14) Oscar contender for Best Foreign Language Film. Gilles Bourdos' Renoir was picked over The Past, which took home an acting prize at Cannes - and Thierry Fremaux, the head of the film festival, was a member of the seven-member committee that made the selection.
The Past was considered a front-runner for France's Academy Awards entry after past Oscar-nominee Berenice Bejo claimed the Best Actress prize at Cannes.
Renoir features Michel Bouquet and Christa Theret as the celebrated painter and his final muse.
Due to the film release rules, Cannes' big winner Blue Is the Warmest Color is ineligible for Oscars consideration - it wasn't released in France before the Academy's 30 September (13) domestic release cut-off date.
The two actresses are the frontrunners to recreate roles played by Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret in the Lisa Azuelos film.
Azuelos will write and direct the Hollywood re-do, according to Daily Variety.
The film follows the exploits of a teenager and her divorced mum as they attempt to get on with their lives after break-ups.
Miley Cyrus and Demi Moore are circling the English-language remake of French hit LOL (Laughing Out Loud). Variety reports that the film's original director, Lisa Azuelos, is set to write and direct the remake on which Mandate Intl. is handling international sales.
Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, of Double Feature Films, are producers. Romaine Le Grand and Nathan Kahane are exec producers.
The film tells the story of a 15-year-old girl who, dumped by her more sexually experienced boyfriend, sets her sights on his best friend. At the same time, her 40-year-old divorcee mother is struggling to move on with her life. The fraught relationship between mother and daughter provides the film with its narrative backbone, along with the younger generation's obsession with instant messaging.
The French version was the second-highest-grossing local film released in France last year. Pathe handled the French release in which Sophie Marceau and Christa Theret starred as the bickering mother and daughter.
Azeulos has a strong track record in France. Her last film, Comme T'y Es Belle, was a sleeper hit locally, selling over one million tickets in 2006. Wild Bunch handled that film.