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!

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Erin
Erin
5 years ago

Desiree Nosbusch was a child prodigy and has been in the public eye since the age of 12, so there are really no secrets or ‘hidden skeletons’ in her closet…she worked her way up the ladder and always had work offers. She even made it in the USA in the early Nineties when she starred in a short-lived prime time series called ‘Miller and Mueller’, but she never really made the headlines as a household name, except in Germany and Luxembourg. Since 2011 she’s been on the other side of the camera focusing on producing and directing. http://www.dealproductions.com/about

David24574
David24574
5 years ago

I would rather watch “The Désirée Nosbuch Story” instead. That’s quite a tale!!

Pheonix
Pheonix
5 years ago

Perhaps Gigliola Cinquetti might be next to give the film’s producer a call, whereupon it might be pushed back to the 60’s !

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

Wow, France 1974 really sounds GreAtY…. instant appeal and those dance moves… ahead of their times!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_jVN5t2PRg

PP
PP
5 years ago

France was favorite to won in 1974 female singer Dani with La vie at 25 ans, second was Italy, but France witherdraw because dead of their president .Maybe Sweden and Abba don t won if France participated that year and maybe they didnt made big carrer if they finished on second or lover position instead of won

Oostenrijk
Oostenrijk
5 years ago

Waterloo still sounds better than “Diggy Loo Diggy Ley”, “Captured by a lovestorm”, “Take me to your heaven” and “Heroes”…..