Writer-Director Whit Stillman Returns after More than a Decade for DAMSELS IN DISTRESS; Planning to Shoot this July in New York

     June 2, 2010

Fans of director Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco) will be happy to know that he’s making his first film in over a decade.  The Playlist reports that Stillman is currently casting for Damsels in Distress (also known as Diorissimo) with a five-week shoot scheduled for this July in New York

Stillman hasn’t taken a hiatus from writing and directing as much as he’s tried to get several projects off the ground over the past decade but to no avail.  According to Playlist, Stillman tried to adapt Christopher Buckley’s Little Green Men, but eventually abanonded the project.  He’s also been trying to raise cash for his “spiritual Jamaican music project, Dancing Mood.

Hit the jump for a synopsis of Damsels in Distress.

Here’s a synopsis of the film via OpenCastingLive:

[The picture] centers on a group of college girls who take in a new student and teach her their own misguided ways of helping people. Lily, a new student at Seven Oaks University, winds up filling in with a dynamic and highly individualistic group of girls, addicted to the elegance of the past: Heather, Violet and Rose all volunteer at the campus Suicide Prevention Center, convinced that musical dance, sharp clothes and good hygiene — the Dior perfume “Diorissimo” is their trademark — can all contribute to staving off the inevitable self-destructive impulses that follow hard on the heels of failed college romances. Despite their sophisticated talk and savvy use of perfume, the girls are plagued by Cupid’s arrows and must adjust their psyches to the onset of amour.

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