CATEGORIES Foreign Language, New Releases, Berlin, Cinematical Indie, Movie News, New Releases, CinematicalI just bought a ticket to Berlin. Actually, no, I didn't, but if money and time weren't an issue I'd be there in a heartbeat to see the world premiere of La Vie en Rose. This Edith Piaf biopic will open the Berlin International Film Festival on February 8.
La Vie en Rose is titled after one of Piaf's most famous songs -- a song so famed, it's part of the Grammy's Hall of Fame. Edith Piaf was an extraordinary talent; by far one of my favorites singers of all time, her life was as interesting as her voice. She spent four years of her childhood blind and touring with her father in the circus. She performed in nightclubs, then became a French icon right before one of the world's most tumultuous times in history, World War II. She found herself in the middle of murder investigations, helped prisoners of war escape during the French Resistance and wrote the haunting, unforgettable lyrics for her still-sung ballads. Her talent and life experiences are all ingredients that could make for an incredible script.
Biopics can be difficult to make, though. What do you cut out of a lifetime? Martin Scorsese could have found a few things to get rid of while making his Howard Hughes biopic The Aviator -- he might have shaved off an hour from the three hour epic. Even Walk the Line, Johnny Cash's biopic -- and, like Piaf, an internationally respected musician -- was a little over two. Between the music, lovers, heroism and fame I'm not sure what Olivier Dahan will choose to omit. But no matter what he does, as long as "La Vie en Rose" and "La Via, L'Amour" and -- okay, I'll stop -- play throughout the film, I will be content.