Stacy Joins “Borough Park”

Stacy is set to star in Michale Boganim’s Borough Park, and will portray Rebecca in the film.

Stacy Martin, Star of ‘Redoubtable,’ Joins Michale Boganim’s ‘Borough Park’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Stacy Martin, the star in Michel Hazanavicius’s “Redoubtable” which competes in Cannes on Sunday, is set to topline Michale Boganim’s English-language debut “Borough Park” which Pierre-Ange Le Pogam is producing.

Martin will star as Rebecca, a 22-year-old woman who is disowned by her father, an esteemed rabbi, and is forced to leave Borough Park’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community where she has lived her whole life. Upon arriving in Manhattan, Rebecca meets other Jews living on the margins of the Hasidic community and Anya, an emancipated Russian immigrant and aspiring painter who introduces her to another world before getting deported out of the U.S.

Jewish American reggae vocalist Matisyahu is in discussions to perform a song and play a small part in the film.

“(Stacy) Martin has a sense of determination and a vulnerability that make her perfect for this role: she depicts her woman who as the strength to leave her family and start a new life which ultimately makes her vulnerable because she loses some of her identity,” said Boganim.

Le Pogam said he met Boganim at a pitching session organized by the Foundation Gan. Although the director was pitching another project there, the two started collaborating on “Borough Park.”

“I was immediately moved by the themes of ‘Borough Park,’ which is about a young woman who breaks free from her oppressive upbringing and discovers a social life that she had been deprived of ” said Le Pogam, who is producing via his Paris-based banner Stone Angels.

Le Pogam added that the film is also about a strained father-daughter relationship. It has a strong contemporary dimension since it also depicts the lives of illegal immigrants in the U.S., noted Le Pogam.

An Israeli-French director, Boganim previously directed “Land of Oblivion” which played at Venice and Toronto. The helmer previously explored the lives of Jews in Brooklyn in her directorial debut with “Odessa… Odessa!” which world premiered at Sundance and later played at Berlin.

Boganim, who grew up in a conservative Jewish household in Jerusalem, said she spent time with former Orthodox Jews at an underground shelter based in Manhattan’s lower East Side known as Cholent in order to inform the script. “These folks were born in the U.S. and have become foreigners in their own country.”

Le Pogam is having talks with several potential partners, sales agents and distributors at Cannes and will now start casting key roles. Real-life members of Cholent will be cast for secondary parts.

The film is in negotiations with partners in Belgium, Israel, Germany. “Borough Park” is expected to start shooting in mid-September in New York and partly in Europe.

Le Pogam is a well-established producer who co-founded EuropaCorp with Luc Besson and produced a number of French-language hits such as Pierre Morel’s “Taken” and Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies.” His current slate includes Michael Roskam’s “Racer and the Jailbird” with Matthias Schoenaerts and Adèle Exarchopoulos which Pathe will release in France on Nov. 1.

Martin previously toplined Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Volume 1” in which she starred opposite Shia LaBeouf.


2017 Met Gala

2017 Met Gala

I’ve added some photos of Stacy attending the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art of The In-Between Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (May 1). Thanks to AliKat for the photos!

“The Sense of an Ending” Gala Screening

Miu Miu – Paris Fashion Week

Selfridges and Dazed Celebrate Material World

Sierra/Affinity Tunes Up Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux”

Sierra/Affinity Tunes Up Brady Corbet’s ‘Vox Lux’ With Rooney Mara Starring – Berlin

DEADLINEEXCLUSIVE: Nick Meyer’s Sierra/Affinity has come aboard Vox Lux, the sophomore feature directing effort from Brady Corbet. The company will introduce the project to international buyers at next week’s EFM in Berlin. Rooney Mara heads the cast that also includes Stacy Martin. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling artist Sia will compose a complete soundtrack with original music for the film.

Bold Films is fully financing. Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters are producing along with Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films, and Brian Young of Three Six Zero Entertainment. WME Global arranged financing for the project and is repping North American rights.Vox Lux, which Corbet also wrote, centers on Celeste (Mara), who becomes one of the world’s pop superstars after surviving a life-changing event. Her 15-year journey of success and travails embodies and reflects upon key contemporary events.

A veteran actor, Corbet made his helming debut with 2015’s The Childhood Of A Leader which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and scooped the Best Director prize in the Horizons section as well as the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for best first film.

According to Litvak, “Corbet is an incredibly talented and interesting young director, and Rooney Mara is perfectly suited for this unique and provocative role.”Shooting starts this summer. Bold’s Svetlana Metkina, and Sia are exec producers.

Miu Miu Fragrance Launch

A moment with Stacy Martin

A moment with Stacy Martin

On the Contrary

A moment with Stacy Martin, the face of Miu Miu L’Eau Bleue.

As soon as the camera starts flashing, the French-English actress Stacy Martin contorts herself into a series of uncomfortable-looking poses in front of a billowing parachute. Martin, the face of Miu Miu fragrance, is trying to help the photographer get the perfect shot. “You never know what you’ll do when you have a huge parachute blowing behind you,” she says, laughing about “getting into character” on this shoot introducing Miu Miu’s happy new scent, L’Eau Bleue. “You have to make shapes that will tell a story, which is completely different from the way we communicate in film.”

Martin is no stranger to storytelling. Following her 2013 breakout role in Lars von Trier’s controversial Nymphomaniac, she became the face of Miu Miu’s first-ever scent. In September 2015, the debut Miu Miu Eau de Parfum campaign featured Martin as a retro, cat-like beauty alongside the bottled lily-of-the-valley-and-Akigalawood blend. For L’Eau Bleue, a fresher, greener iteration of the original (think earthy notes blended with honeysuckle and fresh flowers) out this month, Martin’s reprise has her acting out a lighter, dewier tribute to mornings during springtime. “L’Eau Bleue feels a little more peppy,” she says. “It’s like when the season changes, so do all of the smells around you. There’s something that surrounds you. Like wearing a fragrance, it can change you.”

The exterior of the new bottle is a near replica of its predecessor’s, but this time the pillowed-glass body—a nod to the house’s signature matelassé handbags—is translucent blue. (As with the original, the vintage-inspired cap, topped with a pastel-yellow disk, is a modernized take on the stoppers women once used to apply perfume to their necks.) Both fragrances are meant to represent the many facets of the Miu Miu woman: She’s fun but serious. She’s cultured but not pretentious. She’s timeless—maybe even ageless. She’ll be able to pull off a pair of bejeweled heels when she’s 80. And, above all, she’s nonconformist but not eccentric. “It’s the idea that you can be very girly and strong at the same time, and there’s a freedom within the woman,” Martin says.

These genre-defying codes are what have always defined the world of Miu Miu, the fashion line Miuccia Prada launched in 1993 as a younger, more playful companion to her namesake brand. And most, if not all, of them apply to Martin herself. In person, she’s reserved but talkative, awkward but poised, modest but self-assured. You instantly get the sense that there is a lot more she wants to talk about than her beauty secrets.

“I find it infuriating when someone criticizes me for working in the fashion space. Why is that a problem? Why can’t we like fashion and also have an important career?” Martin wonders. “You can have style, and that shouldn’t negate that you believe in women’s equality. You can be feminine and fashionable by being yourself, instead of what women and girls are expected to be. Miu Miu represents that energy.”

After some time off to find the right scripts, Martin will be bringing her own delightful blend of contradictions back to the big screen very soon. In Redoubtable, Michel Hazanavicius’s upcoming comedic biopic about Jean-Luc Godard, she plays the actress and writer Anne Wiazemsky, who married the 36-year-old New Wave filmmaker when she was only 20. Martin has the lead role alongside Nat Wolff in Jess Manafort’s indie thriller Rosy, and has been cast in Kirsten Dunst’s feature-film directorial debut, The Bell Jar, with Dakota Fanning, which starts shooting this year.

“You have to find your own way of working in this industry, and for me, Miu Miu has been a big part of that,” Martin explains. “It has to feel like me.” She doesn’t want to let her guard down long enough to show us exactly who that is, but it’s appropriate for a Miu Miu woman to leave an air of mystery.


Happy Birthday, Stacy!

Happy Birthday, Stacy!

Today, January 1, Stacy is celebrating her birthday. I’d like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Stacy! And to have a wonderful day.

Prada Presents “Past Forward” New York Screening

I’ve added a photo of Stacy attending the screening of Past Forward, a film by David O. Russel, presented by Prada in New York City (November 16).