Country Focus: Greece
Six projects for the Franco-Greek Fund
by Fabien Lemercier
- Launched officially at Cannes last May by the CNC (National Centre of Cinematography and the Moving Image) and the GFC (Greek Film Centre), the bilateral fund aimed at encouraging co-productions of feature films between France and Greece has unveiled its first selection. The committee comprising Marie-Pierre Macia, Jacques Bidou, Eric Lagesse, Panos Koutras, Iris Zachmanidi and Yiannis Llioupoulos has chosen six projects (out of 14 hopefuls, including six French-initiative titles and eight Greek-initiative ones).
Among the successful candidates are Voir du pays [+see also:
interview: Delphine and Muriel Coulin
film profile] by Delphine and Muriel Coulin (read the news – produced by Archipel 35 – backed to the tune of €260,000), who rose to fame with 17 Girls [+see also:
film profile] at the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2011, and Le fils de Sofia by Elina Psykou (Kinoelektron – €180,000), who won over the Berlinale Forum in 2013 with The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas [+see also:
interview: Elina Psykou
Also selected were Stage Fright by Yorgos Zois (EZ Films - €110,000), Happy Birthday by Christos Georgiou (Manny Films – €140,000), Athènes les éclats by Antoine Danis (L'œil sauvage – €50,000) and La femme de mon oncle Grec by Sandrine Dumas (Pio and Co – €60,000).
The budget of the fund for 2014 amounts to €1 million (€800,000 of which come from the CNC and €200,000 from the GFC). The next committee will be held in May 2015.