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The CNC gives an advance to Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts

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- The CNC will also throw its support behind films by Claire Denis, Emmanuel Mouret, Claude Lanzmann, Vincent Mariette and Virgil Vernier

The CNC gives an advance to Arnaud Desplechin’s Ismael’s Ghosts
Director Arnaud Desplechin

Six projects have been chosen at the third 2016 session of the second committee of the CNC’s advance on receipts. Among those selected, Arnaud Desplechin’s ninth fiction feature, Ismael’s Ghosts, stands out. The film’s cast features Mathieu Amalric, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Marion Cotillard and Louis Garrel. Co-written by the director, Julie Peyr and Léa Mysius, the screenplay follows Ismael, a filmmaker currently shooting a movie about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. With Bloom, his father-in-law and mentor, Ismael still mourns the death of Carlotta 20 years beforehand. That hasn’t stopped him from making a new life for himself with Sylvia, who lights up his world. But Carlotta comes back from the dead, and Sylvia leaves, but Ismael rejects Carlotta…

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Produced by Pascal Caucheteux for Why Not Productions, the film will be sold internationally by Wild Bunch, with Irina Lubtchansky serving as DoP. As a reminder, Arnaud Desplechin has competed at Cannes five times (with The Sentinel in 1992, My Sex Life…or How I Got into an Argument in 1996, Esther Kahn in 2000, A Christmas Tale [+see also:
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in 2008 and Jimmy P. - Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian [+see also:
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in 2013) and at Venice once (in 2004 with Kings and Queen [+see also:
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). His latest opus, My Golden Days [+see also:
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, was unveiled at Cannes in 2015 in the Directors’ Fortnight. 

An advance has also been promised to two sophomore features staged by Kazak Productions (read the interview with Jean-Christophe Raymond): Les fauves by Vincent Mariette (a fantasy-comedy co-written by Marie Amachoukeli that will be produced by Amaury Ovise), who rose to prominence with Fool Circle [+see also:
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(nominated for the 2015 Lumière Award for Best First Film), and Sophia Antipolis by Virgil Vernier (nominated for the 2014 Louis-Delluc Award for Best Debut Film with Mercuriales [+see also:
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, which was unveiled on the Croisette as part of the ACID selection).

As a final note, the CNC will also support two other projects by famous French filmmakers: Let the Sunshine In by Claire Denis (which the director will stage following her English-language film High Life and which will be produced by Olivier Delbosc for Curiosa Films) and Claude Lanzmann’s documentary Napalm (produced by Margo Cinéma).

(Translated from French)

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