It’s been over three years since Abdellatif Kechiche’s romantic drama Blue is the Warmest Color premiered at Cannes, where the Palme d’Or was not only awarded to the director, but, for the first time ever, shared between its actors, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. Not long after we got a hint at what this Tunisian-French director would be making but seemingly after some delays, it’s finally coming together.
For the last month he’s been secretly shooting the drama going by the title Mektoub is Mektoub in Sète, Cineuropa reports. As previously reported, it’s based on La blessure, la vraie, a novel from François Bégaudeau, an author who’s already earned some cinematic cachet for penning The Class, the main source for 2008’s Palme d’Or winner. While no casting has been unveiled yet, considering shooting has been ongoing since September 8, expect an update soon.
As we await more details, check out the official synopsis below.
Amin, a young scriptwriter who has recently moved to Paris, heads down to his hometown on the Mediterranean for summer vacation. He spends his time at beaches and bars with childhood friends. One evening he meets Jasmine, whose singing he finds charming. With her, he wants to experience passion “like in the movies.” One encounter leads to another… Through his best friend, Amin is introduced to a big producer summering in his villa. The producer offers to finance Amin’s first film. With his film project, Jasmine and the producer’s wife who is now hitting on him, Amin finds himself confronted with several choices.
Expect a 2017 release, and likely Cannes premiere, for Mektoub is Mektoub.