Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (“The Artist”) is set to adapt Jean-Claude Grumberg’s bestselling novel “La plus precious des marchandises” into an animated feature film which the Dardenne brothers are co-producing for Studiocanal.
Set against the backdrop of the Holocaust, the story intertwines the fates of a Jewish family including newborn twins who are arrested in Paris and deported to Auschwitz, and a poor and childless woodcutter couple living in the depths of a Polish forest.
While on a train to the death camp, the young father puts one of his twins in a package and throws him out of the train, into the snow. The lonely woodcutter wife, whose sole distraction is to watch the trains pass by, comes across the package and discovers the child she was waiting for so fervently.
Hazanavicius will co-write the script with Grumberg. He will also produce with Patrick Sobelman, Robert Guédiguian, Florence Gastaud, and Riad Sattouf. Prima Linea (“The Red Turtle”) will be handling the animation.