Wim Wenders reveals his new project

Les Beaux Jours d’Aranjuez has commenced shooting in France.

by Anne-Katrin Titze

Wim Wenders' new film to star Sophie Semin and Reda Kateb
Wim Wenders' new film to star Sophie Semin and Reda Kateb Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The Salt Of The Earth and Pina director, Wim Wenders, has begun filming his first French-language film an hour northwest of Paris in the Vexin area. It is based on a Peter Handke text he calls "a summer dialogue" and the title of the film will be Les Beaux Jours d’Aranjuez (The Beautiful Days Of Aranjuez), which is the first line of Friedrich Schiller's play Don Carlos. Wim's description follows: "It’s a woman and a man talking to each other, for an indefinite amount of time (the whole summer?) about love, sex, time, nature, memory…"

The man is portrayed by Reda Kateb, who starred opposite Viggo Mortensen in David Oelhoffen's elegiac Loin Des Hommes (Far From Men) based on the Albert Camus short story L'Hôte, and the woman is Sophie Semin. The DP is Benoît Debie, who worked with Wim on Every Thing Will Be Fine and has also worked recently with Gaspar Noé and Harmony Korine.

The producer is Paulo Branco with Alfama Films in France as production company and Neue Road Movies in Germany as co-producer.

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