Michel Gondry News: Omar Sy Joins MOOD INDIGO; New Details on THE WE & THE I

     February 16, 2012


It has been exactly one year since we posted any Michel Gondry news and that is far too long.  Today, we have two Gondry stories for the price of one.  To start, Screen Daily reports that Omar Sy (Micmacs) has joined Audrey Tautou, Romain Duris, Gad Elmaleh, and Léa Seydoux in Gondry’s Mood Indigo, which is based on Boris Vian‘s 1947 novel, L’ Ecume des jours.  Per The Playlist, the French film “follows Colin (Duris), the wealthy inventor of an olfactory musical instrument, the pianocktail. He marries Chloe (Tautou), but unfortunately, she falls ill during their honeymoon thanks to a water lily that enters her lung, and the only way to treat the ailment is to surround her with flowers — and the expense soon drains his funds.  You probably would have guessed this was a Gondry project when you read “inventor of an olfactory musical instrument”.  Filming is set to begin in April.

Hit the jump for news on Gondry’s recently-completed indie film, The We & The I.

We last reported on The We & The I back in March 2010.  Here’s how Gondry described the movie:

“It’s about the group effect, how people in groups transform when the group is dislocated, because everyone jumps out of the bus at different times, there is a smaller group and how the relationships evolve.  It’s kids on a bus, it’s more like a social thing. It’s not [well-known] actors, it’s going to be kids from a school in the Bronx. I love kids and just [regular] people too because they are not polluted by the medium. They come as they are and they have beautiful stories to tell, so I want to show that.”

Cineuropa has now provided an update on the plot:

[The We & The I] follows high school students on the bus home on the last day of the school year. The film is a sort of study of group dynamics and the evolution of relationships as the bus gradually becomes emptier.

The film stars newcomers Michael Brodie, Teresa L. Rivera, and Brandon Diaz.  Last week, Gregoire Meline of Kinology (who’s distributing the film internationally) told Variety, that “The actors collaborated on the writing of the script but what you see in the film is what’s in the script. There’s no improvisation.”  Variety adds that the first footage from the movie will be screened a few weeks before Cannes.

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