The Empire (French: L’Empire) is a 2024 apocalyptic science fiction comedy-drama film written and directed by Bruno Dumont. The international co-production between France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Portugal is selected in the Competition at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival to be held from 15 to 25 February 2024, where it will compete for the Golden Bear. It is scheduled for theatrical release in France on 21 February 2024.
“Two opposing forces from the depths of outer space unleash an apocalyptic conflict on Northern France’s picturesque Côte d’Opale.”
It has been described as a parody of the Star Wars franchise.
- Lyna Khoudri as Line
- Anamaria Vartolomei as Jane
- Camille Cottin as The Queen
- Fabrice Luchini as Belzébuth
- Brandon Vlieghe as Jony
- Julien Manier as Rudy
- Bernard Pruvost as Van der Weyden
- Philippe Jore as Carpentier
Development and casting
In January 2022, Bruno Dumont was announced to be preparing a new film entitled L’Empire, which would feature actresses Virginie Efira and Adèle Haenel. Haenel was described as making “her comeback to the cinema”, following a controversy at the 45th César Awards after which she stepped away from film. Lily-Rose Depp and Fabrice Luchini, as well as Bernard Pruvost, Philippe Jore and Julien Manier, were also announced as cast members. The film was teased as a confounding mélange of science fiction and social realism set in Dumont’s home region of northern France. Bernard Pruvost once again appears as Commandant Van der Weyden, and Philippe Jore, as Lieutenant Rudy Carpentier, characters who originally appeared in the miniseries P’tit Quinquin (2014), also created by Dumont. At the end of April 2022, Camille Cottin and Anamaria Vartolomei joined the cast. In May 2022, Adèle Haenel left the project due to disagreements with Bruno Dumont over the script, which, according to her, presented “dark, sexist and racist” content. In August 2022, Lily-Rose Depp and Virginie Efira were confirmed to have left the project due to “filming having changed dates several times” which ultimately conflicted with their schedules. They were replaced by Lyna Khoudri and Camille Cottin, as well as Anamaria Vartolomei who took the place of Adèle Haenel.
Jean Bréhat and Bertrand Faivre produced The Empire for Tessalit Productions. The film is co-produced by Germany’s Red Balloon Film (Germany), Ascent Film (Italy), Novak Prod (Belgium), Rosa Filmes (Portugal) and Furyo Films (France).
Principal photography began on 16 August 2022 in Wimereux (Pas-de-Calais), located in France’s Côte d’Opale region, where the production was set up on the Dunes de la Slack beach, stretching between Pointe aux Oies and Fort d’Ambleteuse. Boulonnais horses and drones were used on this day. Filming, which took place primarily in Audresselles, continued until 10 September. Scenes were also filmed on 13 August on board a boat off the coast of Audresselles. Filming resumed for a few days in late September in Brussels, then from 3 to 10 October in Caserta, with a final shooting day scheduled for October or November in Berlin.
The Empire is set to premiere in February 2024 at the 74th Berlin International Film Festival, where the film was selected in the main competition for the Golden Bear.
ARP Sélection is set to distribute the film in France on 21 February 2024. World sales are handled by Memento International, who presented the film for sale at the Marché du Film of Cannes in May 2023.
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