Former Bond girl Bérénice Marlohe has been cast to star in Dennis Bartok’s English-language horror P.O.V., which follows the story of a woman who is paralysed after a car crash and finds herself haunted in her hospital room unable to escape.
Pre-sales are currently underway at the Cannes Marche, with a number of deals under negotiation by Fortissimo Films. Fortissimo holds worldwide rights to the film (except Dutch-speaking Benelux).
P.O.V. follows the story of Dana Milgrom (Marlohe), a track coach who, having survived a near-death car accident, finds herself completely paralysed and trapped inside her own body. While recovering she becomes convinced that an evil presence exists inside her hospital room and is intent on killing her. Believing her to be experiencing a mental breakdown, Dana’s family brush away her concerns. Becoming increasingly terrified, Dana soon realises that she may not be the only target. Unable to leave her bed, she risks losing the ones she cares for most.
A well-established French television and film actress, Bérénice is best known for her role as Bond girl, Sévérine, in the twenty-third James Bond film, Skyfall. She recently starred in Victor Levin’s romantic comedy 5 to 7 and is set to appear in Joe Miale’s Revolt and Terrence Malick’s Weightless alongside Ryan Gosling, Natalie Portman and Michael Fassbender.
Principal photography for P.O.V. will begin later this year with filming taking place in Ireland and various locations around the UK. Bartok will direct from his own script, which was co-written with Tom Abrams. With the support of the Irish Film Board, Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell will produce through their Ireland-based, horror production outfit Fantastic Films, along with Jan Doense and Herman Slagter of The Netherlands-based, genre-specific, House of Netherhorror.
A copy of the screenplay is available for consumption at Fortissimo’s Cannes office, along with a sizzle reel for the film.