Julie Delpy to shoot fourth movie, 'Skylab'

3:31 AM PST 04/14/2010 by Rebecca Leffler, AP

One of a number of projects on outfit the Film's slate

PARIS -- After her global hit "2 Days in Paris," writer-director-actress Julie Delpy will spend seven weeks in Brittany during the summer directing "Skylab."

Delpy also stars in the French comedy alongside Eric Elmonsino ("Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life") and Gallic actresses Noemie Lvovsky, Aure Atika and Bernadette Laffont in the large cast that spans three generations of one family.

"It's a real feel-good movie. It's tender and funny, in the spirit of '2 Days in Paris'," producer Michael Gentile told THR. "It's really Julie Delpy's vision of France through the eyes of a French woman who has lived in the U.S. for many years."

Delpy also is set to direct and star in the sequel "2 Days in New York."

Mars Distribution will release the film in France, and Films Distribution is handling international sales for the title that marks Delpy's fourth turn in the director's chair.

The film starts shooting May 31 and wraps in mid-July.

Gentile's company the Film has several major productions in the works, including the big-screen adaptation of Frederic Beigbeder's best-selling novel "Love Lasts Three Years," which the writer and Gallic media personality also will direct. An adaptation of Atiq Rahimi's "Syngue Sabour," winner of the prestigious French literary prize the Prix Goncourt, also is in preproduction; that story follows a woman in a country meant to resemble Afghanistan whose husband is paralyzed in battle.

The Film also has several English-language projects in development, and Gentile is in discussions with possible U.S. partners for those titles.

"It's time for the French and the Americans to find a way to work together," Gentile said. "There's a financial crisis on both sides of the Atlantic, but there's also a great deal of talent in both countries. Plus, audiences are the same everywhere."

The Film, founded in 2003, has produced such titles as "The Ordeal," "Espion(s)" and 2009 Cannes competition title "The Time That Remains" from writer-director Elia Suleiman.

Delpy also is set to direct and star in the sequel "2 Days in New York."
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