Lavender fields, hilltop villages and spectacular rocky fjords, rosé wine and bouillabaisse, Cézanne and Van Gogh, cutting edge rap and hip-hop music, Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources, pétanque, scuba diving and Olympique de Marseille: Provence is a vibrant mix of romantic tradition and surprising, fast-changing modernity. This is an insider's guide to the best of it, from a professional journalist living there.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Pagnol's Marseille Trilogy Comes to Britain
Daniel Auteuil shot to fame playing Ugolin, the dim and shifty peasant opposite Gérard Depardieu, Yves Montand and Emmanuelle Béart in Claude Berri's 1986 arthouse blockbuster film versions of Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources - both based on stories by Marcel Pagnol. And he's had a love affair with this writer ever since, choosing Pagnol's The Well-Digger's Daughter for his well-received debut as a director in 2011. He has followed that up with a much bigger and more ambitious project, three films adapted from Pagnol's celebrated Marius-Fanny-César trilogy set on the Old Port of Marseille. Now the first two of those films are coming to Britain this month. Click here to read more.