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Carmen

Carmen

FEATURE FILM
Drama

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Carmen is a MUSICAL ROMANCE.
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Choreographed by Internationally acclaimed choreographer Benjamin Millepied

Directed by

Benjamin Millepied

Starring

Melissa Barrera (In the heights, Vida)
Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades Franchise, A Private War, The Fall)

Production

DIMITRI RASSAM / CHAPTER 2 - MIMI VALDÈS - DAVID LANCASTER

Delivery: Shooting January 2020 in Mexico and L.A.

2019 / Original language: English / Color / 2.39 / 5.1

Internationally acclaimed choreographer Millepied’s Present-day vision of the popular classic leads Carmen from Mexico to Los Angeles in pursuit of freedom. The tragic romance is a contemporary musical journey featuring an original score by Oscar-Nominated composer Nicholas Britell (Moonlight).

Carmen, a captivating, sensual young gypsy, leaves her family and community behind to escape a Mexican cartel. She flees to the U.S., dreaming of safety and freedom. She is captured by a fierce border patrol agent who tries to kill her. Shocked by this violence, his patrol agent partner Aidan saves Carmen and helps her escape. He finds himself fascinated by Carmen's passion, free spirit and will to fight for freedom.

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Directed and Choreographed by Benjamin MILLEPIED

Scriptwriters
BENJAMIN MILLEPIED,LOIC BARRERE & ALEXANDER DINELARIS JR.
Academy Award and Golden Globe "Best writing" for Birdman

Composer
NICHOLAS BRITELL
Academy Awards - Nominee for Moonlight and If Beale Street
Could Talk, Emmy Award for the TV Series "Succession"

Songwriter
JULIETA VENEGAS
5 Latin Grammys and 1 Grammy Award

DOP
MICHAL SOBOCI?SKI

Production Designer
STEFANIA CELLA
La Grande Bellezza, This must be the place

Producers
DIMITRI RASSAM / CHAPTER 2
Playmobil The Movie, The Little Prince, What’s in a Name?

MIMI VALDÈS
Academy Awards - Nominee for Hidden Figures, Roxanne Roxanne

DAVID LANCASTER
Whiplash, Nightcrawler, Drive

Executive Producer
HELEN ESTABROOK
Whiplash,Tully, Up in the Air

US Distributor
SONY PICTURES CLASSICS
will also handle distribution in Latin America, Italy, Scandinavia,
Eastern Europe, Israel and Middle East

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DIRECTOR's INTENTIONS

Carmen, a tragedy of love, sun, death.

Bizet’s Opera, Carmen, is a work I grew up with and have always loved. My intent is to reinvent Carmen, tell her story with a new point of view relevant today. The current political landscape in America was not the way it is now when we began to write, however it quickly became clear that our character’s journey was incredibly timely.

Our Carmen is a Mexican Gypsy who crosses the U.S border early on in the film. She is arrested by Joe, a volunteer border patrol. The two fall madly in love and become lovers on the run. While almost losing her life crossing the border to America to pursue her dreams, Carmen soon finds herself with a man who attempts to create a border around her. Our Carmen is full of hope — it is Joe’s tragedy (and America’s) we witness as the film develops.

Carmen is a dramatic film musical. Our characters sing or dance because they are driven by a deep need to do so. The integration of music and dance is organic, necessary, and true. The camera work will be choreographed with sensitivity throughout the entire film. For the dances, the camera will act as a dancer by moving with the actors. Nicholas Britell’s original score is unique — it encompasses inspirations from Mexican, Spanish, and Eastern European culture, but it is thoroughly modern. I will work with the actors to ensure exhilarating on screen dancing and develop physically expressive and emotional performances.

Carmen will be a musical roller coaster of love, sun, and death.


Benjamin Millepied





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