After directing one of the year’s finest performances with Isabelle Huppert in Things to Come, director Mia Hansen-Løve is set to team with another French acting legend for her next project. The Eden director has been prepping Maya for some time, and now we have the confirmed ensemble. Alongside newcomer Aarshi Banerjee, frequent collaborator Roman Kolinka, and Cédric Kahn (After Love), Juliette Binoche has also joined the drama.
The film follows a 30-year-old man named Gabriel, a French war reporter who was taken to hostage in Syria and then heads to India after months in captivity. The story will mainly focus on his journey to Goa, the state in western India where his childhood home is, to reflect on his life after his harrowing experience. Presumably Kolinka will take the lead role, but there’s no confirmation when it comes to any specifics.
Although it sounds like more of a supporting role, we’re fascinated to see Binoche — who has worked with Hansen-Løve’s husband Olivier Assayas on Summer Hours and Clouds of Sils Maria — team with one of the finest up-and-coming directors. As Hansen-Løve preps for a September 2017 shoot in India, Lebanon, and France on 35mm (courtesy of cinematographer Helene Louvart, whose many credits include Pina and The Beaches of Agnès), check out the new official U.S. poster for Things to Come, which enters a limited release on December 2nd. [Screen Daily/Les Inrocks]