Vanessa Springora’s book revealing her under-influence relationship with the French writer as a teenager will be screened in 2021, producers Carole Lambert and Marc Missonnier have announced.
This autobiographical novel has sold more than 180,000 copies and caused an electric shock in France. Vanessa Springora tells how, in the 1980s, she was seduced by Gabriel Matzneff, 36 years her senior, when she was not yet 14 years old.
The day after the publication of the book, at the beginning of January, the French justice had opened an investigation for “rapes committed on a minor under 15 years”.
Long tolerated behavior
The production and the script of this feature film were entrusted to the director Vanessa Filho, revealed in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival with “Gueule d’ange”, presented in the Un Certain Regard section. The casting is not yet stopped.
Vanessa Springora’s book describes a man with predatory behavior, also engaged in sex tourism in Asia. Ms. Springora is the first to testify among the teenage girls seduced by Gabriel Matzneff, whose behavior, described in his own books, has long been tolerated in the Parisian literary world. In 2013, he won the Renaudot prize for the essay.