Written and directed by Emmy nominee Olivier Assayas (Carlos), starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander and produced in partnership with A24, Irma Vep will debut Monday, June 6 (9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT) on HBO and will be available to stream on HBO Max.
Irma Vep will make its world premiere as an Official Selection at the Festival De Cannes 2022.
Mira (Vikander) is an American movie star disillusioned by her career and a recent breakup, who comes to France to star as “Irma Vep” in a remake of the French silent film classic, Les Vampires.
Set against the backdrop of a lurid crime thriller, Mira struggles as the distinctions between herself and the character she plays begin to blur and merge. Irma Vep reveals to us the uncertain ground that lies at the border of fiction and reality, artifice and authenticity, art and life.
Olivier Assayas is a French filmmaker who has become a major voice in international contemporary cinema. He started his career as a painter and graphic designer.
Later, he began making his own short films while pursuing his interest in globalizing culture and technology as an editor of Cahiers du Cinema (1980-1985).
Since his first feature film, Désordre (1986), which was awarded the Critic’s Week Prize at the Venice Biennale, he has consistently delivered a rich and diverse body of work that has brought him international recognition.
Among his most celebrated films are: Irma Vep; Summer Hours; Demonlover; Clean; and Carlos, which won a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and garnered two Emmy nominations including Outstanding Direction for a Mini-Series, Movie or Dramatic Special.
There’s also Clouds of Sils Maria, for which Kristen Stewart won the Cesar for Best Supporting Actress; Personal Shopper, which won the Directing Prize at Cannes; Something in the Air, which won Best Screenplay at Venice; and most recently Non-Fiction and Wasp Network.
The cast includes Alicia Vikander as Mira, Vincent Macaigne as René Vidal, Jeanne Balibar as Zoe, Devon Ross as Regina, Lars Eidinger as Gottfried, Vincent Lacoste as Edmond Lagrange, Nora Hamzawi as Carla, Adria Arjona as Laurie, and Carrie Brownstein as Zelda.
The cast also includes Tom Sturridge as Eamonn, Byron Bowers as Herman, Fala Chen as Cynthia Keng, Hippolyte Girardot as Robert Danjou, Alex Descas as Gregory Desormeaux, and Antoine Reinartz as Jeremie.
The executive producers are Olivier Assayas, Alicia Vikander, Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Delume, Ravi Nandan, Hallie Sekoff, Kevin Turen, Stuart Manashil, Sam Levinson, and Ashley Levinson.