No clone is an is­land

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE ATRES -

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.

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