Award-winning French actress Isabelle Huppert has been cast in the upcoming film “Souvenirs”, playing an ex-Eurovision singer and forgotten star who is trying to make a comeback. The film is being directed by Flemish director Bavo Defurne, and shooting has begun in Luxembourg.
Producer Alexandra Hoesdorff describes the film as a “comeback story” that tells the tale of “a woman who works in a pâté factory. This younger guy, who fancies her, finds out that she is a former Eurovision star. She got second place next to ABBA at the Eurovision Song Contest in the 1970s. Her life has its ups and downs, and she now works in a factory, but maybe it’s time to make a comeback.”
Isabelle Huppert will share the screen with the young French actor Kévin Azaïs, who won a César award (French Oscar) earlier this year for Most Promising Actor. The music of the movie will be handled by the American group Pink Martini.
If you have a feeling of déjà vu, that’s because a year ago we reported that pre-production had started on the movie. Back then the film was to be based on the story of Liliane Saint-Pierre who represented Belgium in 1987. The singer reportedly didn’t like the idea of the movie and said that she would give the producer a call – and that could be why the film’s back story is now based in 1970, not the ’80s. (And it makes for a better story to have lost to ABBA rather than Johnny Logan.)
Interestingly, one of the film’s producers, Désirée Nosbuch, was the presenter of Eurovision 1984, at the age of 19. Also – as every good Eurovision fan knows – it was actually Italy who placed second to ABBA in 1974, not Belgium. But never let the truth get in the way of a good story!