Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War gets backing from Arte France Cinéma
by Fabien Lemercier
- The upcoming films by Benoît Jacquot, Jayro Bustamante, and duo Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel will also be co-produced by the French-German channel
Arte France Cinéma’s (headed by Olivier Père) fourth selection committee of 2016 has chosen to get on board four projects as a co-producer and through pre-purchases. Chief among them is Cold War (Zimna Wojna) by Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski, whose latest opus, Ida [+see also:
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
film profile], reaped an impressive haul of international accolades, including the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign-language Film. The filmmaker’s new feature will be set in communist Poland during the 1950s and 1960s, and will revolve around two youngsters and the difficulties of being in love at that time. The production will be staged by MK Productions on the French side, with Polish outfit Opus Film and the UK’s Apocalypso Pictures.
Arte France Cinéma will also be supporting Temblores, the sophomore feature by Guatemalan director Jayro Bustamante, following Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
interview: Jayro Bustamante
film profile], winner of the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2015 Berlinale. Produced for France by Tu Vas Voir and Memento Films, together with La Casa de Producción (Guatemala), his new film will explore the taboo topic of homosexuality in his home country through the story of a married man who is an active member of the Evangelical Church. His unexpected passionate desire for another man will unleash a wave of unforgiving reactions...
Also featuring among the selected films is a feature debut: Jessica Forever by duo Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel, who have turned heads with their short films As Long as Shotguns Remain (Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlinale) and Our Legacy (in competition at Berlin this year). Produced by Ecce Films, their feature debut will tell a strange tale that takes a romantic and modern look at today’s youth. The story is built around a group of violent youngsters, warriors who yearn to live a life of peace. What unites and mollifies them is Jessica, a young woman with whom they attempt to create a world where they will have the right to stay alive.
Lastly, Arte France Cinéma will support the French-Belgian co-production Eva [+see also:
interview: Benoît Jacquot
film profile] by Benoît Jacquot (read the article – starring Isabelle Huppert and Gaspard Ulliel – staged by Macassar Productions).
For the record, Arte France Cinéma is supporting the upcoming films by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mia Hansen-Løve, Philippe Faucon, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Philippe Garrel, Andreï Zviaguintsev, Sergeï Loznitsa, Nadav Lapid, Santiago Mitre, Cédric Kahn, Emmanuel Mouret, Thierry de Peretti, Serge Bozon, Hafsia Herzi, Rayhana Obermeyer, Fellipe Barbosa, Samuel Maoz, Karim Moussaoui, Dror Moreh, duo Agnès Varda and JR, and Michel Ocelot, among others.
(Translated from French)
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