"Julie Delpy has written and will direct and star in My Zoe, which will shoot in the UK next spring," reports Variety's Leo Barraclough. "Delpy is joined in the cast by Daniel Brühl and Gemma Arterton." My Zoe will be "'about the lengths to which a mother’s love goes for her child,' according to a statement from Protagonist. 'Delpy plays Isabelle, a geneticist recovering from a toxic marriage and raising her daughter Zoe in conjunction with her ex-husband. Zoe means everything to her mother, but when tragedy strikes the fractured family, Isabelle takes matters into her own hands.'"

As Fabien Lemercier reports at Cineuropa, Arte France Cinéma, headed up by Olivier Père, is boarding "four projects as a co-producer and through pre-purchases":


  • Pawel Pawlikowski's Cold War "will be set in communist Poland during the 1950s and 1960s, and will revolve around two youngsters and the difficulties of being in love at that time."

  • Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante will follow up on his debut, Ixcanul, with Temblores, which "will explore the taboo topic of homosexuality in his home country through the story of a married man who is an active member of the Evangelical Church. His unexpected passionate desire for another man will unleash a wave of unforgiving reactions…"

  • Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel's Jessica Forever "will tell a strange tale that takes a romantic and modern look at today’s youth."

  • And Benoît Jacquot's Eva, with Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel, is "based on the book of the same name by James Hadley Chase (which was also adapted for the big screen by Joseph Losey back in 1962 with Jeanne Moreau in the lead role)."


And get this: "For the record, Arte France Cinéma is supporting the upcoming films by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Faucon, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Philippe Garrel, Andreï Zviaguintsev, Sergeï Loznitsa, Nadav Lapid, Santiago Mitre, Cédric Kahn, Emmanuel Mouret, Thierry de Peretti, Serge Bozon, Hafsia Herzi, Rayhana Obermeyer, Fellipe Barbosa, Samuel Maoz, Karim Moussaoui, Dror Moreh, duo Agnès Varda and JR, and Michel Ocelot, among others."


Trailer for Jean-Marc Vallée's Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott, James Tupper and Zoë Kravitz


"James Cameron has described the Avatar movies as a family saga. How are they shaping up?" Variety's Gordon Cox asks Sigourney Weaver: "In my opinion, the three scripts I’ve read so far are many times more amazing than the first one in terms of their scope. He did a lot of the heavy lifting in the first movie, establishing the family and the relationships and the world, and now he really gets to play."

"Amy Schumer is in early talks to star in Sony’s live-action Barbie film," reports Variety's Justin Kroll. "The story is in the vein of Splash, Enchanted and Big. In it, the main character gets kicked out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and lands in a real-world adventure."