Kad Merad, star of Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks,” the highest-grossing movie of all time in France, will star in Stéphane Berthomieux’s “Playback,” which has been picked up for worldwide gross sales by Paris-based Luxbox.
Produced by director Mathieu Demy, whose credit embody Salma Hayek-starrer “Americano” and TV collection “The Bureau,” “Playback,” the fiction characteristic debut of documentarian Berthomieux. Pic co-stars Déborah François, star of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Palme d’Or successful “The Child,” and Geraldine Chaplin.
Variety has additionally had unique entry to the movie’s poster.
Co-written by Demy and Berthomieux, “Playback” begins on the day of Dean Martin’s dying, when Daniel, a French crooner, decides to promote his classic American automotive to go to Los Angeles for the funeral of his idol. Witnessing the demolition of Las Vegas’ Sands Hotel — the last word image of his Dean Martin-esque fantasy — Daniel kills off his beloved crooner persona, returns to France, and finds himself compelled, despite himself, to face a rebirth when his organic daughter walks again into his life to confront her father.
Scheduled to shoot late 2020 and mixing music and cinema as a backdrop, “Playback” activates “the search for identity, remembrance, filiation, redemption, and a fascination for the Golden Age of Hollywood,” stated Berthomieux.
“I met Stéphane Berthomieux five years ago. I was immediately struck by his screenplay’s original pollen, its melancholic and funny nuances and its trans-Atlantic dimension,” stated producer Demy.
“Having Kad Merad on board will draw the attention of distributors who appreciate his enormous range as an actor and his high popularity ratings with international audiences,” added Luxbox founding companions Fiorella Moretti and Hédi Zardi.