Amelio Helms Camus’ “First Man”

“The First Man”, the final unfinished work of French existentialist author Albert Camus, is getting a film adaptation.

Variety reports that Italian director Gianni Amelio (“The Way We Laughed,” “Stolen Children”) will make his French-language debut on the $11.6 million project about 40-year-old Jacques Cormery who returns to his native pre-civil war Algeria and relives his childhood.

Jacques Gamblin will play Cormery, while Claudia Cardinale plays his beautiful but deaf and distant mother.

Denis Podalydes also stars in the late 1950’s-set project which will shoot in several seaside and desert locations in Algeria.

The unfinished autobiographical manuscript was found in a briefcase when Camus died in a car crash in 1960. Amelio will adapt the work for the screen.