Director Benoît Jacquot transforms Giacomo Puccini’s “Tosca” from a grand stage opera into a compelling film, with the help of conductor Antonio Pappano and the orchestra and chorus of London’s Royal Opera House. As the story goes, fiery diva Floria Tosca (Angela Gheorghiu) is determined to kill her tormentor (Ruggero Raimondi) and flee with her lover (Roberto Alagna). But when her plan backfires, she’s driven to desperation.
Benoît Jacquot was born in Paris in 1947. He was the assistant to various directors before making his first film, L’Assassin Musicien in 1975. Fifteen films followed, such as Les enfants du placard, Les ailes de la colombe, La Ddsenchantée, La fille seule_, Le septième ciel, Pas de scandale, Sade, Tosca and Adolphe. He has worked with, among others, actors like Isabelle Huppert, Isabelle Adjani, Virginie Ledoyen, Fabrice Luchini and Daniel Auteuil. L’école de la chair was selected in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998 and A tout de suite in the Un Certain Regard section in 2004. He has also directed numerous documentaries and features for television, such as Princesse Marie in 2003 with Catherine Deneuve. In the fall of 2004 he directed Werther by Massenet at the Royal Opera in London"s Covent Garden. He is finishing a screenplay based on a novel by Moravia and is preparing… read more