May 10th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

After releasing a sneak peek last month, the Sydney Film Festival has unveiled its massive lineup in full for its 64th year, and it comes with 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres. Among the world-premieres is “Madame”, starring Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel and Rossy de Palma. Directed by Amanda Sthers, “Madame” is a romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.Here’s the official synopsis: Anne (Collette) and Bob (Keitel), a wealthy, well-connected American couple, move into a manor in Paris. While preparing a luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, Anne discovers there are only 13 guests. So, she insists her loyal maid, Maria (de Palma), disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. Too much wine and some playful chat lead Maria to endear herself to a dandy British artbroker (Michae Smiley). Their budding romance soon has Anne chasing her maid around Paris, reinventing the truth and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. Also, “Fun Mom Dinner”, which celebrated its world-premiere at Sundance in January, will be shown on June 9. New pictures from both films have been added to the photo gallery.


  August 8th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

I’ve somehow missed these film news from July, so here we go, better late than never: Harvey Keitel, Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma and Stanislas Mehrar have joined the cast of French director Amanda Sthers’s English-language debut Madame, a comedy-drama revolving around a housemaid asked to masquerade as a wealthy heiress by her employees. The feature – produced by Paris-based LGM in partnership with Studiocanal – will shoot in Paris for six weeks from today (July 20). Collette and Keitel play wealthy American couple Anne and Bob who have recently set up home in Paris and decide to give a high-class dinner for a dozen distinguished diners. The last-minute arrival of Bob’s son from his first marriage suddenly takes the number of guests to 13. The superstitious Anne asks housemaid Maria (played by de Palma) to change her uniform and pretend to be a wealthy Spanish friend.

In this guise, she is seated beside David, an art expert and British aristocrat. He falls for her charms and asks to see her again. Continuing the masquerade, Maria embarks on a romance. Anne’s world is thrown into a spin as Maria’s new-found happiness exposes her own loveless marriage and shakes the foundations of her elitist social beliefs. She sets out to destroy the budding love affair. LGM co-chiefs Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont are producing alongside Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer and Alain Pancrazi of Made in PM.