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SECRET LIVES: Maya Sansa and Moritz Bleibtreu join French All Star Cast in WWII Epic


Paris Report by Darius KADIVAR




Currently in post production a French film entitled Les Femmes de L'ombre aka Female Agents is an all star cast of French (Sophie MARCEAU, Julie DEPARDIEU, Marie GILLAIN, Déborah FRANCOIS) and European Stars amongst which two known faces in the Iranian community one being Persian Italian Star Maya Sansa and the other is 2006 Berlin Laureate for Best Actor German Star Moritz BLEIBTREU who also starred as MalikShah  in Kayvan Mashayekh's successful Persian epic independent film The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam.


The film Les Femmes de L'Ombre wrapped up filming this summer and is due on screen in France in March 2008. It is directed by Jean-Paul SALOME.

Here is the plot of this WWII thriller adventure film based on true events and real life characters:

May 1944. A five-woman commando unit parachutes into occupied France on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day Landings and eliminate colonel Heindrich, the head of German counter-intelligence (Moritz Bleibtreu). Louise (Sophie Marceau) is a trained sniper and the widow of a Resistance leader. Jeanne (Julie Depardieu) is a tough hooker who won't hesitate to kill. Suzy (Marie Gillain) is a stunning former showgirl and Heindrich's one-time lover. Gaëlle (Déborah François) is a young and brilliant explosives expert desperate to see some action. Maria (Maya Sansa) is an Italian contessa undercover with the French Resistance. Five ordinary women who will become heroines.

Female Agents is an action-packed tribute to the real-life espionage operatives whose exploits inspired the film.


 New faces in European Cinema: Maya Sansa and
Moritz Bleibtreu ©

Maya Sansa's upcoming Italian film is to cast her as Albert Einstein's first wife Mileva Maricin currently in pre-production




Authors Notes:


Official Website of German Star:  Moritz Bleibtreu

Persian Italian Star Maya Sansa is represented by CinéArt Agency : Contact info on UniFrance

Recommended Readings:

Iranian Pioneers in French New Wave Cinema by Darius KADIVAR

Lessons from the Keeper by Darius KADIVAR

The Persian Bella Ragazza: Maya Sansa to Conquer European Cinema by Darius KADIVAR

Iranian film director Parvin Ansary in Italian Cinema interviewed by Brian Appleton

Iranian Pioneers in French Cinema by Darius KADIVAR

MAGIC IN THE MAKING: Marjane Satrapi's Cinephilic Choice for Persepolis Cast by Darius KADIVAR
VIVE LA DENEUVE ! French Star Gets Life Time Achievement Tribute at AFI by Darius KADIVAR



About the Author:
Darius KADIVAR is a Freelance Journalist, Film Historian, and Media Consultant.


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