Joie de vivre! Evan Louison! Heart break! Isild Le Besco! Government checks! Claudia Cardinale! La cinema! Iva Gocheva! A gun! John Ventimiglia! Joy.
Send us fuel! Our train is light. Our budget is lean. A mean 120,000 to bring us through the territories of pre-production and principal photography. Our vision is clear. The tracks are set. With 60,000 already in the bank. The gears are in motion. To be shot this Fall in Brooklyn and Staten Island. Bringing together a stellar ensemble cast including both veterans of the screen and young bright lights. Evan Louison, Isild le Besco, Claudia Cardinale, John Ventimigila, Iva Gocheva and Josephine de la Baume.
This train is bound for glory!
Written by Nadia Szold, produced by Cinema Imperfecta, "Joy de V." is a New York noir. A contemporary catastrophe about a man and a woman. Roman is a con-artist. His wife Joy is seven months pregnant. One morning she vanishes into thin air, after no fight and for no apparent reason. The same morning she disappears, he discovers that his most consistent con and source of income, disability checks from a faked madness, will run out if he doesn’t do something soon to prove he is insane. The film begins here, and from here it dives into the mysterious behavior of those stricken by love and who are perhaps more certifiably crazy than they believe themselves to be.
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The film clip above is a little amuse-bouche shot end edited by Nadia Szold featuring Evan Louison.
Our story begins here, at page 1.
Once upon a time....
INT. BEDROOM, NEW YORK- MORNING
JOY leans over ROMAN, a curtain of golden hair shields him. She kisses him awake. CAMERA remains over Joy’s shoulder for the conversation.
Come back to bed.
I’m running a bath.
Roman rolls over.
Ok, run along.
Long shot of Joy, walking away, through the hall into the bathroom. Camera turns to soft focus on her as she goes away.
Roman tries to go back to sleep. Can’t. Sun is pouring through the window. Roman reaches for a pen and paper. He props himself up towards the window. A cloud covers the sun, the room darkens. He opens the pen, begins to scribble; the ink explodes, gets all over his hands, stains the sheets.
Roman gets out of bed, strides to the bathroom, turns on the sink faucet, looks at the bath, tests the water with an inky hand, turns off the sink faucet and climbs into the tub, slides in under the water. He comes up for air, reaches for the soap, cocks his head and listens.
INT. APARTMENT- LATER
Roman, a towel wrapped around his waist, peers into the bedroom, then walks into the kitchen. He notices Joy’s handbag on the kitchen table beside a box of Coco Puffs. He sits down at the table, turns the box of Coco Puffs upside down into his bowl, nothing left. Roman gets up, opens a cabinet, takes down a box of Fruit Loops, pours himself a bowl, covers them with Nesquick and begins to eat his breakfast.
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