JANE

A LITTLE ORIGINAL SIN

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JANE PRODUCTIONS - as PROD

Biography - Pre-Production 2015

Based on the life of Jane Bowles, JANE is the story of a woman who dared all convention in both life and art. Set in bohemian Greenwich Village and the expatriate outpost of Tangier in the 40s and 50s, it's also the unusual love story of one of the 20th century's most fascinating literary couples.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Biography, Romance, Thriller
    • Countries
    • USA, MOROCCO, SPAIN, FRANCE
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, FRENCH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 130 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Tbd TBD
    • Writer(s)
    • Coleman HOUGH, Jennifer ROMINE
    • Producer(s)
    • Jennifer ROMINE, Joseph MIDDLETON (CASTING)
    • Synopsis
    • New York, 1937. Jane Auer, 20, can’t lead the bourgeois life she was born into.
      She wants to be a writer. And, she likes girls. While her mother plots to find her a
      nice Jewish husband, Jane frequents Greenwich Village’s underground lesbian bars.
      She’s introduced to Paul Bowles, 25, a successful modernist composer, at a Harlem rent
      party and tells a friend “That man is my enemy.” The ice is broken when Jane runs into Paul
      again and he shares that he had wanted to be a writer, but Gertrude Stein had told him that he
      "better stick to music since he had no talent whatsoever for writing." Jane shows Paul her work
      and is shocked by his insistence that she is brilliant and must write. A couple of months later, Jane
      proposes that she and Paul marry and live as “free agents.” With Paul 's support, Jane finishes and publish her first novel. Tired of the social and political pressures in the states, the couple flee to North Africa, settling in Tangiers' liberal international zone. Jane quickly falls under Morocco's spell, powerfully drawn to the mysterious separate world of the Moroccan women. Inspired by her new world, Jane writes day and night.
      She soon discovers that Paul is writing a "little novel" of his own. "The Sheltering Sky" is an overnight best-seller. Jane is horrified to see herself in Kit, the novel's female character. When she confronts Paul, he's furious, insisting the book is "pure fiction" and that she sounds like a "mad woman." Complications arise when Jane pursues Cherifa, a young peasant woman who sells grain at the native quarter’s outdoor market, who is strikingly beautiful, rebellious, and notorious for her skills in Moroccan black magic.
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