News 09 APR 2013

Hubert Toint tackles a romantic epic fresco set in Chile in the 1920's

Last week, Hubert Toint shouted the first “Action!” of his first feature film, in Humberstone, in the Chilean desert of Atacama, an exceptional historical site listed as part of Unesco’s World Heritage of endangered sites. [Cineuropa]

Once a thriving mining town (where saltpetre in particular was extracted), the location has been abandoned since the 60's and has become something of a ghost town, visited only by tourists looking for an exotic experience. It is therefore in this unusual place, steeped in history, that Mirage d’amour avec fanfare is being filmed. It is an historical fresco, but mostly a love story, which takes place in the 1920's, with union struggles and bloody repression as a backdrop. Based on a novel by Hernan Rivera Letelier, the director describes the movie as a romantic epic western. It follows the love story of two young musicians, a pianist and trumpet player, a love story undermined by the girl's father, an anarchist barber, who visibly has other plans. The young woman is played by Marie Gillain (Hubert Toint produced one of her first films, Marie by Marian Handwerker), the impetuous lover by Chilean actor Eduardo Paxeco, and the girl’s father by Jean-François Stévenin.

With this movie, Hubert Toint takes over an unfinished project by actor Bernard Giraudeau, which was also supposed to be produced by Bernard Rapp. Hubert Toint, involved well beforehand on the production side, thus offers the project a chance of surviving the deaths of those who initiated it, simultaneously making one of his dreams come true, as he had started his career as a director before setting up Saga Film in 1987.

Mirage d’amour avec fanfare is thus produced by Saga Film, in coproduction with Polaris Film (France) and PS Production (Switzerland), with funding from the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles, the RTBF, Wallimage and the Federal Office of Swiss Culture. Filming should end on May 25th.

Aurore Engelen [Cineuropa.org]