Premiere: D’après une histoire vraie

Four years after Venus in Fur, Roman Polanski’s new film has arrived to the theaters in Belgium. On Monday October 30th, D’après une histoire vraie (Based on a True Story) will be premiered at Bozar Centre for Fine Arts. The film was first shown, out of competition, at this year’s Cannes Festival, and it is an adaptation from the novel of the same name written by Delphine de Vigan.

Delphine, played by Emanuelle Seigner, is a novelist whose highly personal book has brought her fame and accolades as the new best-seller author. Book signing tours have left her exhausted, physically and mentally. She has trouble finding inspiration to write anything. In comes Elle, played by Eva Green, a charming and intelligent woman who professes an almost cult-like admiration for the novelist. After the first few encounters, Delphine finds in Elle a confident, someone who truly understands what she’s going through. Perhaps Elle could help her get rid of her writer’s block. How will this relationship morph after Delphine agrees to have Elle move in with her to help write another best-selling book?

The screenplay was written and adapted by Roman Polanski and Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, Something in the Air), and the cinematography was conducted by Pawel Edelman, with whom Polanski had worked in the past (The Pianist, The Ghostwriter, Carnage and Venus in Fur). The film is distributed by Belga Films.

At the core, D’après une histoire vraie, is a film about the relationship between two women, Delphine and Elle, a pair of complex characters that change and evolve throughout the film. “Delphine de Vigan wrote a story that spoke to women,” said Polanski in an interview. “It was not only important but also satisfying for me to create a film for them.”