Les Crimes du futur by David Cronenberg, Un beau matin by Mia Hansen-Love… Léa Seydoux is expected at the Cannes Film Festival this week for two previews on the Croisette. As reported by Variety, the 36-year-old actress will soon participate in a new international project, under the direction of Audrey Diwan. Crowned with the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, the director of L’Événement will adapt on the big screen Emmanuelle, the emblematic erotic novel by Emmanuelle Arsan (1967), with the star of No Time To Die in the title role .
In 1974, a first film adaptation of Emmanuelle enjoyed international success, from Japan to the United States. Recounting the sexual adventures of a young woman in Asia, the film remained on display on the Champs-Élysées in Paris for thirteen years, totaling more than 9 million admissions in France. Its heroine, Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel, became the fantasy of millions of viewers at the age of 22 thanks to this big screen adaptation of the novel by Just Jaeckin.
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This new adaptation of Emmanuelle marks Audrey Diwan’s first English-language film. The announcement of the project was made official during the Cannes Film Festival. “Very happy”, the award-winning director also confirmed on Instagram her collaboration with the French actress. Audrey Diwan has directed two films, But you are crazy (2018), with Pio Marmaï and Céline Sallette, and L’Événement (2021), a critically acclaimed feature film about the clandestine abortion of a teenager in the 1960s France.