Jean-Luc Godard to film holocaust tale

MUMBAI: Jean-Luc Godard, the icon of the French New Wave has been toiling away on "Le socialisme," a political story that could be ready by this year.

It is now being rumoured that he‘s looking at The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million a first-person Holocaust book from New York Times writer Daniel Mendelsohn, as a possible directing vehicle.

The book, a best-seller when it came out three years ago, traces the writer‘s quest to determine his relatives‘ fate in the small town of Bolechow, Poland, during World War II and expands into larger questions of guilt and collective responsibility.

Lost won a National Book Critics Circle prize in the U.S. and made a splash in France, picking up the country‘s prestigious Prix Medicis.

Godard, who turns 79 in the fall, never has taken on the Holocaust directly, but several of his films -- including the Algerian war picture Le petit soldat, the anti-war pic Les carabiniers and his most recent work, the 2004 triptych Notre musique -- deal with complex political and philosophical questions.

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