Fremantle has acquired the global distribution rights for Bardot, a 1x90’feature documentary about the iconic international actress Brigitte Bardot. The film, coming from Featuristic Films and Timpelpictures, will reveal never-before-seen footage and provide several interviews, offering an intimate look at the life of the French star, and is set to premiere on TF1 in France later this year.
A muse to the greatest artists but often misunderstood, Bardot was one of the first French movie stars to become famous worldwide. Because of that, she also lived a life constantly under the spotlight, thrown from success to scandal until she almost completely disappeared. In this documentary, the actress will share her current outlook on life and on many other topics, such as being ahead of her time on women’s rights, sexual freedom, her passion for animal welfare, and risking her reputation by speaking out, among others.
The feature documentary will include interviews from those whose lives and careers were impacted by Bardot, such as Pamela Anderson, Paul Watson, Claude Lelouch, Allain Bougrain-Dubourg, and Jean-Max Rivière.
Céire Clark, Senior Acquisitions Manager, International at Fremantle, said: “Not only does this documentary look at the cinematic journey of Brigitte Bardot but it also delves into her fascinating personal life whilst allowing us to hear her present reflections on poignant, sometimes controversial moments in her life. It’s a privilege for Fremantle to be able to share this exclusive access to Bardot with a global audience.”
Julien Loeffler, Managing Partner, Producer at Featuristic Films, said: “Bardot is an important milestone in solidifying Featuristic Films’ slate of international high-end feature documentaries with unique access. We are excited to be partnering up with distribution powerhouse Fremantle to bring this exciting title to audiences worldwide”
Nicolas Bary, Producer and Co-author, TimpelPictures, said: “Our ambition is to bring a fresh point of view to Brigitte Bardot, underlying the many contrasts of her life, questioning both the fascination and repulsion she has generated in audiences over the years. With her exclusive interview we will bring intimacy and emotion to her intense biography. The film will have a classically cinematic and yet modern texture, mixing and layering different techniques including interview, animation, archives, and dramatic reconstructions that blend Brigitte's dreams with her reality. We are also presenting new recordings of her iconic song titles by Arthur H, Camille, Shelah Sue, Ibrahim Maalouf…”
Bardot is directed by Alain Berliner and is a co-production between TimpelPictures, based in Paris and led by Nicolas Bary, and Featuristic Films, a London-based entertainment company led by Julien Loeffler, James Kermack and James Barton-Steel. Fremantle are handling the global distribution for the feature documentary.