The Pandemic Paused Mélanie Laurent’s Studio Debut, but It Didn’t Stop Her from Directing

The Pandemic Paused Mélanie Laurent’s Studio Debut, but It Didn’t Stop Her from Directing
Mélanie Laurent was getting close. With less than a week to go before she was set to start shooting her first studio-backed feature film — a long-gestating adaptation of Kristin Hannah’s bestselling historical novel “The Nightingale,” with real-life sisters Dakota and Elle Fanning as a pair of estranged siblings caught up in World War II — the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic shut down production in Budapest.

More than a year later, Laurent’s studio debut is still in a holding pattern, but the prolific French filmmaker, actress, and singer isn’t wasting any time: in the interim, she’s already completed another film, “The Mad Women’s Ball,” premiering this week at the Toronto International Film Festival, with a planned Amazon release this fall. It seems nothing can stop Laurent from creating, even if nature itself has forced her to pivot.

“It’s very complicated for me to talk about
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