Ile-de-France backs Haneke’s Amour
by Fabien Lemercier
The forthcoming film by Austrian director Michael Haneke, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes 2009 for The White Ribbon [+see also:
film profile], is among the 11 big-screen feature film projects selected at the fourth 2010 session of the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund for Technical Film and Audiovisual Industries.
Produced by Les Films du Losange for €7.29m, Haneke’s Amour will be backed by the Ile-de-France region to the tune of €404,000. The film, starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Isabelle Huppert and Emmanuelle Riva, will start shooting in early February 2011 for 40 days.
It centres on cultured octogenarians Georges and Anne, who are retired music teachers. Their daughter, also a musician, lives abroad with her family.
One day, Anne suffers a minor stroke. When she leaves the hospital and returns home, she is paralysed down one side. The love that binds this old couple will really be put to the test.
Co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, Amour is expected to be 90% produced by France and 10% by Germany.
The Ile-de-France region will also grant €471,000 to Alain Resnais’s Vous N'avez Encore Rien Vu (“You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet”, see news), produced by F Comme Films and co-produced by France 2 Cinéma and StudioCanal. The 50-day shoot will kick off in mid-January with a cast including André Dussollier, Sabine Azéma, Pierre Arditi, Mathieu Amalric, Lambert Wilson, Anne Consigny, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Isabelle Nanty and Claude Rich.
In January, shooting will also start on another film supported by the Ile-de-France region: Cédric Kahn’s Une Vie Meilleure (“A Better Life”, Les Films du Lendemain – €337,000 in backing), featuring Guillaume Canet and Leila Bekhti.
The list of selected features also includes Christophe Honoré’s Les Bien-Aimés (“The Beloved”, see news – Why Not Productions – €228,000); Céline Sciamma’s Tomboy (see news – Hold Up Films – €220,000); Franck Mancuso’s R.I.F. (Recherche Dans l’Intérêt des Familles) (“RIF: Search in the Interest of Families”, see news – Babe Films – €337,000); Jennifer Devoldère’s Et Soudain, Tout Le Monde Me Manque (“And Suddenly I Miss Everyone”, Vertigo Productions – €404,000); Pierre Pinaud’s La Nuit Je Mens (“At Night, I Lie”, Estrella Productions – €303,000); and Joseph Morder’s La Duchesse de Varsovie (“The Duchess of Warsaw”, La Vie Est Belle – €404 000).
Finally, the Ile-de-France region will grant €80,000 each to two documentary features: Free Angela by Shola Lynch (De Films en Aiguilles) and Swinging Ethiopia by Catherine Maximoff (Les Films du Présent).
(Translated from French)