Release date28 September 2011 (2011-09-28) Based onAlmayers Folly
by Joseph Conrad WriterChantal Akerman, Henry Bean (consultant writer), Nicole Brenez (consultant writer), Joseph Conrad (novel) Initial DVD releaseJanuary 7, 2013 (Netherlands) CastStanislas Merhar (Almayer), Marc Barbé (Capt. Lingard), Aurora Marion (Nina), Zac Andrianasolo (Daïn), Sakhna Oum (Zahira), Solida Chan (Chen) Similar moviesJoseph Conrad wrote the story for Almayers Folly and The Secret Agent
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Almayer's Folly (French: La Folie Almayer) is a 2011 drama film directed by Chantal Akerman, starring Stanislas Merhar, Aurora Marion and Marc Barbé. It is an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's 1895 debut novel Almayer's Folly, and tells the story of a Dutchman searching for pirate treasure in Malaysia. The setting has been relocated to 1950s. The film was a coproduction between companies in France and Belgium. It received four Magritte Award nominations.
The film was initially under development for Akerman's Belgian company Paradise Films together with Paulo Branco's Alfama Films for a budget of 3,475,000 euro, with a filming start date set to March 2011. Production was eventually led by Patrick Quinet of France's Liaison Cinématographique together with Paradise Films and Artémis Productions. The project received 350,000 euro in advance from the French National Center of Cinematography and 465,000 euro from the Belgian French Community Film and Audiovisual Centre. In addition it was supported through pre-sales investment by Canal+ and CinéCinéma.
Principal photography took place in Cambodia. Filming started 10 November and ended 24 December 2010.
The film received critical acclaim from film critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 100% out of 8 professional critics gave the film a positive review, with a rating average of 9.3/10.