The CNC gives an advance on receipts to Le semeur by Marine Francen
by Fabien Lemercier
- The CNC will also be supporting films by Zoé Wittock, Ludovic Bergery and Jonathan Desoindre
Funding feature debuts is not always an easy task in a production landscape where many people seem to prefer to take as few risks as possible. For this reason, the CNC’s advance on receipts plays a key role in revitalising the talents of French cinema, and the recent Cannes Film Festival showed further evidence of this with the Caméra d'Or won by Divines [+see also:
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Four projects have been selected during the second 2016 session of the first committee of the CNC’s advance on receipts. Standing out among them is Le Semeur (lit. “The Sower”) by Marine Francen, which will be produced by Sylvie Pialat for Les Films du Worso. The screenplay (based on the story L'homme semence, published in 1919) gets under way in 1852. The main character, Violette Ailhaud, is old enough to get married when her village in the Lower Alps is cruelly deprived of all its men by the repression that followed the republican uprising of December 1851. For the next two years, the village is completely cut off. The women swear an oath that if a man should come, he will become their shared husband, so that life may continue to flourish in each of their wombs.
The CNC will also support Jumbo by Belgian director Zoé Wittock, who took part in the Berlinale’s Talent Campus #6 in 2008 and studied at the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she was the youngest graduate in her year in 2011. Her graduation film, This Is Not an Umbrella, was chosen by the Directors Guild of America to represent today’s budding young talents. The screenplay for her feature debut (which will be produced by Anaïs Bertrand for Insolence Productions) revolves around Jeanne, a shy young woman who works as a night watchwoman in a theme park and who has an intensely close relationship with her mother. There is not a single man who can successfully fit in within this pair of women who have absolutely nothing in common, and at the same time, Jeanne starts to develop strange amorous feelings towards Jumbo, the amusement park’s star attraction...
Another advance on receipts has gone to The Embrace by Ludovic Bergery, a project that already grabbed Cineuropa’s attention at the co-production market of the German-French Film Meeting (read the article), and which is being staged by David Thion for Les Films Pelléas.
Lastly, the CNC will back Sun by Jonathan Desoindre, a project being staged by Damien Lagogué for Paris-based outfit Les Produits Frais. Written by the director together with Thomas Wallon, the story depicts the misfortunes of Sun, a 30-year-old delivery man of Indian heritage, who leads a frantic life in Paris. But it all seems likely to come to an end when his Chinese employers cease their illegal activity. In order to continue working, Sun decides to set up a courier company. His plan is soon made all the more complicated by the unexpected arrival of his cousin, a sitar player who has come to forge a career in Paris...
(Translated from French)
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