Depardieu joins 'Aimer a perdre la raison'

'A Prophet' breakout star Tahar Rahim also cast

CANNES -- Gerard Depardieu will share screen time with the breakout star of "A Prophet," Tahar Rahim, in Belgian director Joachim Lafosse's "Aimer a perdre la raison" (Loving to lose reason), producers MK2 and Versus Prods. said Friday.

Versus' Jacques Henri and Olivier Bronckart will produce the film with MK2's Nathanael Karmitz and Charles Gillibert serving as co-producers.

This is Lafosse's fifth film; his "Private Lessons" screened in the Director's Fortnight sidebar in Cannes in 2008 and he took part in the Venice competition in 2006 with "Private Property."

Rahim won both the most promising actor and best actor nods at this year's Cesar Awards for his role in Jacques Audiard's "A Prophet."

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Actress Emilie Dequenne, who won the best actress prize in Cannes in 1999 for her role in the Dardenne brothers' "Rosetta," will co-star.

The script, co-written by Lafosse and Thomas Bidegain, is based on the true story of a mother in Belgium who killed her five children before attempting suicide. Lafosse's version of the story focuses on the relationship between a doctor who raises his friend's brother in Belgium and the drama that develops when the boy grows up.

MK2 is handling international sales for the title and will release the film in France. MK2 also is busy in Cannes with Abbas Kiarostami's Competition title "Certified Copy"and Xavier Dolan's "Les Amours Imaginaires" in Un Certain Regard.

Versus Prods. are also behind Gilles Marchand's Cannes Midnight Screening "L'Autre Monde" and Olivier Masset-Depasse's Director's Fortnight title "Illegal."
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