After three postponements, Martin Bourboulon’s film hopes to count among the big releases, if theaters reopen in the spring.
Announced as one of the most ambitious French films of 2020, Eiffel by Martin Bourboulon saw its production interrupted by the first wave of Covid-19. The last shots shot in June, after the spring confinement, an exit had been announced for February 17, 2021. After postponing it to March 10, then to May 5, Pathé has finally announced a theatrical release for the May 19. Pending confirmation of the reopening of cinemas.
The film, with a budget of 23 million euros, traces the creation of the Iron Lady through the prism of a forbidden romance between its designer and Adrienne Bourgès, ten years younger. “ Having just finished his collaboration on the Statue of Liberty, Gustave Eiffel is at the peak of his career. The French government wanted him to create something spectacular for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 in Paris, but Eiffel was only interested in the metropolitan project. Everything changes when he crosses paths with his childhood sweetheart, Adrienne. Their forbidden relationship inspires her to change the Paris skyline forever », Says the synopsis.
Weekly Upper Gironde, producer Vanessa van Zuylen confides “ hope thatEiffel will become our Titanic french “. “ It is first of all a love story with the promise of a unique visual spectacle, quite strong, which is to witness the construction of the Eiffel Tower. There will be special effects and we have made life-size a foot of the Eiffel Tower, 25 meters high », Specifies Martin Bourboulon. The visionary industrialist will be embodied by Romain Duris while his sweetheart will be brought to the screen by the Franco-British Emma Mcackay. The young woman was revealed to the general public thanks to the Netflix series Sex Education in which she plays the role of a gifted teenager without landmarks.