No clone is an island
Provocative French author Michel Houellebecq is set to direct his first feature film, Possibility of an Island, which he has adapted from his recent novel, described by one critic as “a virtuoso mix of sex, science fiction and sect madness”. Benoît Magimel, voted best actor at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival for The Piano Teacher, will play the story’s tragicomic hero, a wealthy standup comedian – and his clone. Shooting starts in April.
Houellebecq, who lived in Co Cork for several years before moving to Spain, has directed four short films. Two of his earlier novels were made into feature films: Whatever (Extension du Domaine de la Lutte), directed by Philippe Harel in 1999, and Oskar Roehler’s Atomised (The Elementary Particles), released earlier this year.