Exclusive: Official Press Release for Bel Ami has obtained the official press release announcing the start of filming for Bel Ami.

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Read what it says after the jump…


Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci to star

London… 2nd February, 2010Principal photography on BEL AMI is to start on February 7th 2010, shooting on locations in London and Budapest.

Robert Pattinson (Twilight series, Remember Me) plays Georges Duroy in this erotically charged story of ambition, power and seduction. Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill) is Madeleine, Kristin Scott Thomas (Nowhere Boy, I’ve Loved You So Long) is Virginie, Christina Ricci (Monster, The Ice Storm) is Clotilde, Holly Grainger (Scouting Book for Boys) is Suzanne, Philip Glenister (Life on Mars, Calendar Girls) is Charles, and Colm Meaney (The Damned United, The Snapper) plays Duroy’s adversary, Rousset.  The screenplay is written by Rachel Bennette from the novel by Guy de Maupassant, and the film is directed by the influential and innovative Cheek By Jowl directors Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod.

BEL AMI is the story of Georges Duroy, who travels through 1890s Paris, from cockroach ridden garrets to opulent salons, using his wits and powers of seduction to rise from poverty to wealth, from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties, in a world where politics and media jostle for influence, where sex is power and celebrity an obsession.

BEL AMI is produced by Uberto Pasolini (The Full Monty, Machan) with Simon Fuller as executive producer.  The director of photography is Hagen Bogdanski (The Young Victoria, The Lives of Others); Attila F. Kovacs (Sunshine, Meeting Venus) is production designer; the costumes are designed by Odile Dicks-Mireaux (An Education, The Constant Gardener); the hair and make-up designer is Jenny Shircore (The Young Victoria, Elizabeth: The Golden Age) and the editor is Masahiro Hirakubo (The Duchess, Trainspotting).

BEL AMI is a Redwave Films production in association with Simon Fuller’s new company XIX, Protagonist Pictures and RaiCinema.

Protagonist Pictures are handling international sales on the film. RaiCinema came on board early as a production partner, and will handle the film in Italy. Studio Canal followed suit, securing rights for its three territories: Optimum Releasing in the UK, Kinowelt in Germany and their own Studio Canal label in France. Elsewhere, Protagonist have completed deals with Hopscotch for Australia, Independent for Benelux, Impuls for Switzerland, Golden Scene for Hong Kong/Macau, Unikorea Culture and Art for South Korea, Central Partnership for CIS, Ablo for Eastern Europe, California Filmes for Latin America, PT Camila for Indonesia and Hollywood Entertainment for Greece and Cyprus.

…ends… Note: Contrary to popular belief, filming in Budapest does not begin until APRIL. The London filming begins February 7. Many sites misinterpreted this press release in regards to the filming locations for first week.


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25 Responses to Exclusive: Official Press Release for Bel Ami

  1. 17forverlisa says:

    LMFAO! I literally leaned up to my computer screen and read the actual press release with your watermark on it before scrolling down and realizing you had posted the text. I was THAT excited to read it!

    These words just jump out and make me all warm and fuzzy. Oh, who am I kidding. They make me all hot and bothered 😉

    Robert Pattinson…in…erotically charged story…using his powers of seduction…from a prostitute’s embrace to passionate trysts with wealthy beauties…where sex is power.

    Game on, girls. Game on!

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  5. holdmeRansom says:

    can’t wait till next week when we start hearing about filming!
    well done ladies!
    can’t wait!

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  10. Natalia says:

    Cool, Benelux is mentioned so it will hopefully come to Belgium. Thank you for the document!!! Guys, should I go to Budapest or not??? Please help me to decide. I never attended movie filming scenes and have no clue how it works, if it’s protected or not, if I will be able to see anyone.
    Anyway, it’s great news, I’m very excited for Rob, he is a great and talended actor and deserves such different and interesting roles. I look forward to more updates and can’t wait to see the movie full of sex scenes :)))

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  15. ElyseCharles says:

    Oh…My…God. And- Breathe.

    Seriously, this film may be as close as we will ever get to seeing a lemony fanfic on film. Hot and bothered is right!

    Damn, can’t wait to see RPattz the way we all imagine him 😉 Also, this is a great cast for the film…but we won’t be focused on them as much, will we girls?!


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  22. Koni says:

    I am excited for Bel Ami. However, the one thing that I don’t quite agree with is Christina Ricci as Clotilde. Really? She is THE main girl. I just don’t see it. She is not some grand beauty like Uma Thurman. Does anyone else feel this way or am I alone in my cringing? I just don’t want to see George Du Roy kissing on some girl I can’t even look at. ugh…

  23. Julia says:

    Robert Pattinson is preparing to film next week, in London, a sex orgy with 40 women, for his new production, “Bel Ami”, in which he performs next to Uma Thurman.

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