Cate Blanchett will star in helmer-scribe David Mametâs âBlackbird,â a present-day Hitchcockian nailbiter turning on a secret explanation for the 1963 assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Blanchett plays Janet, who travels to Los Angeles for the funeral of her grandfather, a Hollywood visual effects artist who moonlighted for U.S. special ops agencies. Her grandfatherâs well-kept secrets become a threat to her, forcing Janet to discover the truth about a man who dedicated his life to making illusion reality.
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âBlackbirdâ is produced by Said Ben Saidâs Paris-based SBS Prods., which established a reputation from its 2010 launch for producing films by heavyweight directors aimed at adult audiences: Roman Polanskiâs âCarnage,â Brian De Palmaâs âPassion,â and David Cronenbergâs upcoming âMaps to the Stars,â starring Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, which Ben Said is co-producing with Prospero Picturesâ Martin Katz.
SBS is handling worldwide sales. It will shoot in Sydney, part financed by Australian tax breaks, Ben Said said.
SBS also produced helmer-thesp Valeria Bruni Tedeschiâs âA Castle in Italy,â which world preems in Cannes competition on Monday. Of autobiographical inspiration, dramedy turns on a rich family forced to sell their castle in Italy.
âCastleâ is co-written by Noemie Lvovsky, âCamille Rewindsâ closed Directorsâ Fortnight last year and Agnes de Sacy, who wrote the SBS-produced âCherchez Hortense.â