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Céline Sciamma’s Portrait de la jeune fille en feu to be backed by Arte France Cinéma

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- Upcoming films by Mia Hansen-Løve and Arnaud Desplechin will also be co-produced by the French-German TV channel

Céline Sciamma’s Portrait de la jeune fille en feu to be backed by Arte France Cinéma
Director Céline Sciamma

The third Arte France Cinéma selection committee for 2018 (steered by Olivier Père) has decided to co-produce and pre-purchase three projects.

Of note amongst these projects is Portrait de la jeune fille en feu, which will be Céline Sciamma’s 4th feature film, following on from Water Lilies [+see also:
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(unveiled in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2007, winning the Louis Delluc award for best first film in the same year and Cesar nominated in 2008 for best first film), Tomboy [+see also:
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(unveiled in the Panorama section of the 2011 Berlinale) and Girlhood [+see also:
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(which opened the Directors’ Fortnight on the Croisette in 2014 and garnered four Cesar nominations in 2018, notably in the best director category). In the cast is Adèle Haenel who was nominated for the “best hope” Cesar back in 2008 for Water Lilies, and whose career has since taken off (receiving a best actress Cesar in 2015 for Love at First Fight [+see also:
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and best supporting role Cesar in 2014 for Suzanne [+see also:
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, but also delivering acclaimed performances in works such as Orphan [+see also:
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, The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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, Ogres [+see also:
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, BPM (Beats Per Minute) [+see also:
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, or even more recently in The Trouble With You [+see also:
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). Written by Céline Sciamma herself (who also walked away with the best adaptation Cesar in 2007 for My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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), Portrait de la jeune fille en feu takes place on an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the 18th century, and follows the story of an artist commissioned to paint a young woman’s wedding portrait. The film is a fresco of emotions and desire through which the director seeks to “portray the presence of a past love, and the long-term resonance of this past love within us, which goes some way to compensating its loss”. Filming for this Lilies Films production is scheduled to take place between 15 October and 10 December 2018.

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Also chosen by Arte France Cinéma is Bergman Island by Mia Hansen-Løve, with filming due to commence this summer, featuring Greta Gerwig, John Turturro, Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie among the cast. This will be the 7th full-length film by the director, following on from All is Forgiven [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2007), Father of my Children [+see also:
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(Special Jury Award of the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes, 2009), Goodbye First Love [+see also:
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(Special Mention in Locarno, 2011), Eden [+see also:
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(presented in Toronto, 2014 and in competition in the San Sebastian Film Festival), Things to Come [+see also:
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(Silver Bear for best direction in Berlin, 2016) and Maya [+see also:
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(currently in post-production). Her next film, which focuses on a couple but also on the creative process, will be set on the little Swedish island of Farö, which Ingmar Bergman made his home, and where some of his great masterpieces were shot. At the heart of the tale are two filmmakers who have travelled to the island in search of inspiration. But things don’t go as planned. A strange distance takes root between the young woman and her husband. As the days go by, fiction melds with reality, and the island’s secrets gradually float to the surface … Handling the production of the picture are CG Cinéma (France), Plattform Produktion (Sweden), Bioskop Film (Germany) and Scope Pictures (Belgium).

Arte France Cinéma will also support the next feature film by Arnaud Desplechin : Roubaix, une lumière (read our news), a Why Not production with Roschdy Zem, Léa Seydoux, Sara Forestier and Antoine Reinartz on the billing. Written by the director himself, in collaboration with Léa Mysius, the story focuses on police superintendent Daoud who, one Christmas night, makes his way through Roubaix, the town he has lived in his whole life, a world of burned out cars and altercations. Faced with misery, lies and turmoil, Daoud has a knack for uncovering the truth. This is a portrait of a world in crisis, with a clear mission: to give the guilty their humanity back.

For information, Arte France Cinéma is also supporting upcoming films by Olivier Assayas, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Miguel Gomes, Claire Denis, Marco Bellocchio, Philippe Garrel, Leos Carax, Corneliu Porumboiu, Nadav Lapid, Diao Yi'nan, Cédric Kahn, André Téchiné, Jayro Bustamante, Patricio Guzmán, Claire Burger, Mati Diop, Arthur Harari, Mikhaël Hers, Emmanuel Mouret, Quentin Dupieux, Benoît Jacquot, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche, Nicolas Pariser, Thomas Balmès, Hafsia Herzi, Manele Labidi, Dror Moreh, and by the duos Caroline Poggi - Jonathan Vinel, Gustave Kervern - Benoît Delépine, Rana Kazkaz - Anas Khalaf and Felipe Barbosa - Clara Linhart, as well as animation films courtesy of Florence Miailhe and the directing duo Zabou Breitman - Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec.

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