Akerman Takes on Conrad

Dec 15, 2010

We’re always excited to find out what the great, unpredictable auteur Chantal Akerman is up to. And Cineuropa reports that she’s in production on an adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s first novel, Almayer’s Folly, which will be her first narrative feature in more than six years. Though the story, which concerns a Dutch trader’s failed marriage to his captain’s adopted daughter, takes place largely on and around a great river in Malaysia, Akerman has been shooting the film in Cambodia, and is scheduled to wrap on December 24. Almayer’s Folly is produced by Patrick Quinet and stars Stanislas Merhar (the lead in Akerman’s excellent Proust adaptation La captive) and newcomer Aurora Marion.