Greenwich Entertainment is pleased to announce the US release of the twisted and emotionally taut drama MADELEINE COLLINS, directed and co-written by Antoine Barraud, with French-Belgian star Virginie Efira (most recently acclaimed for her performance in Alice Winocour’s Revoir Paris) as a woman leading a secret double life. MADELEINE COLLINS will open on Friday, August 18 in New York (IFC Center) and Los Angeles (at Laemmle's Royal and Laemmle’s Town Center, Encino) followed by nationwide Amazon and Apple TV release on August 29.
Judith (Virginie Efira)’s life is split between two households in two countries. In Switzerland, she is Margot, a translator who lives with Abdel (Quim Gutierrez) and the little girl they are raising. In France, she is known as Judith and lives a glamorous life with acclaimed orchestra conductor Melvil (Bruno Salomone) and their two older boys. This fragile balance, based on complex lies and tightly scheduled back-and-forth trips, gradually begins to crack and veer dangerously off the rails. The mysterious reasons for her lies, and the complications that ensue from her efforts to keep the two lives separate, propel the third narrative feature from Antoine Barraud anchored by a virtuoso turn from Efira in all of her character’s many guises.
Barraud’s first feature, The Sinkholes, with Mathieu Amalric, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival; his second feature, Portrait of the Artist, with director Bertrand Bonello, Pascal Greggory and Jeanne Balibar premiered at the Berlin Film Festival’s Forum. He has also produced films by auteurs including Tsai Ming-liang (Madam Butterfly), Joao Pedro Rodrigues (The Ornithologist, Locarno's Director's Award), and avant-garde filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin (Age is…).
"[Virginie Efira]’s central performance carries Antoine Barraud’s intriguing, cleverly structured psychological thriller in which a woman attempts to sustain a fraught double life. Elegantly handled and suspenseful...The spider’s web of a plot hooks you.” — Allan Hunter, Screen
"Alongside Efira’s fraught and measured performance, which shows how well she can deal with many conflicting emotions within the same scene, the strong supporting cast includes Israeli auteur Nadav Lapid, who earnestly plays a lowlife forger smitten by Judith (or Margot or Madeleine), and actress-director Valérie Donzelli”-- Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter