Academy Award® Nominee Jessica Chastain and Academy Award® winner Anne Hathaway, will star in the psychological thriller, MOTHERS’ INSTINCT, from writer and director, Olivier Masset-Depasse. Masset-Depasse (ILLEGAL) is set to direct the English language re-make MOTHERS’ INSTINCT from his critically acclaimed 2018 film, DUELLES, which won a record-breaking 9 Magritte Awards from the Belgian Academy including Best Film and Best Director. The film is based on the novel “Derrière la Haine” by novelist Barbara Abel. Writer Sarah Conradt (50 States of Fright) is adapting the English language script.
Set in the early ‘60s, best friends and neighbors Alice (Chastain) and Celine (Hathaway) both live an idyllic traditional lifestyle with manicured lawns, successful husbands and sons of the same age. Life’s perfect harmony is suddenly shattered after a tragic accident. Guilt, suspicion and paranoia combine to unravel their sisterly bond and a psychological battle of wills begins as the maternal instinct reveals its darker side.
Writer and director, Olivier Masset-Depasse stated: “It takes actors of Jessica and Anne’s caliber to communicate the intricacy of these two roles. The relationship between a mother and child is the most powerful connection between two human beings. When this bond is severed, it calls into question conventional morality and even sanity. In the behind-closed-doors atmosphere of 1960’s America, Mothers’ Instinct becomes a terrifying, high-pressure powder keg.”
Anton Founder and CEO, Sébastien Raybaud commented: “Audiences could not wish for a more dynamic match-up on screen. Both character roles are wonderfully complex and will showcase Jessica and Anne’s incredible breadth of talent. Olivier has already proven adept at this twist on the Hitchcock-ian genre and we have great faith in his ability to deliver a compelling thriller.”