UPDATE – 2 FEBRUARY 2013 – MUSIC BOX FILMS has acquired all rights to AUGUSTINE. It will be in US theatres sometime in March.
The fact that the trailer for Soko‘s new film AUGUSTINE, which is due to be released in France on 7 November, has English subtitles encourages optimism about the possiblity of a US release, perhaps on VOD. (Her two most recent cinematic efforts, BYE BYE BLONDIE, AND IN THE BEGINNING, despite excellent reviews, have yet to be released in North America.)
AUGUSTINE portrays the relationship between Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot, the founder of modern neurology, and one of his patients, Augustine (played by Soko) a housemaid suffering from “hysteria”.
Directed by Alice Winocour, the film also stars Chiara Mastroianni (daughter of Marcello and Catherine Deneuve) and Vincent Lindon.
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER had this to say about Soko’s performance: “Soko…compellingly underplays an individual awkwardly caught between girlhood and womanhood by her physical traumas. She certainly confirms the promise that saw her nominated as ‘Best Female Hope’ at the 2006 Césars (for Xavier Giannoli’s In the Beginning), holding her own against the avuncular, ever-observant slyness of the vastly more experienced Lindon, himself a four-time César nominee.”
There will be an advance screening of AUGUSTINE at UGC Les Halles in Paris on 5 November at 8pm. Alice Winocour and Phillipe Lioret will be there. (Lioret directed Vincent Lindon in the 2011 film ALL OUR DESIRES.)