Ile-de-France backs Un Monde Truqué, scripted by Jacques Tardi
by Fabien Lemercier
15/11/2011 - Famous comic book author Jacques Tardi [pictured], who has already inspired cinematic fiction with The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec [trailer], will soon step into animation territory with directorial duo Franck Ekinci and Christian Desmares’s feature Un Monde Truqué (“A Fake World”), for which he has co-written the screenplay and will handle the graphics. The film, which has been in preparation since 2008 and will start production next March for 285 days, is among the ten film projects selected at the 4th 2011 session of the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund for Technical Film and Audiovisual Industries.
Co-scripted by Tardi, Benjamin Legrand and Ekinci, Un Monde Truqué is set in France in 1941, a country stuck in the 19th century, governed by steam power and Napoleon VI. The scholars mysteriously disappear and a young girl, Avril, sets out in search of her parents, two missing scientists.
Produced by Marc Jousset for Je Suis Bien Content, Un Monde Truqué will be co-produced by Studio Canal (which will also handle French distribution and international sales), Belgium (Need Productions) and Canada. Ile-De-France will fund the film to the tune of €345,000 out of an overall budget of €10.5m.
Standing out among the other projects supported by Ile-de-France are Valérie Donzelli’s Main dans la Main (“Hand In Hand”, see news – Rectangle Productions – €328,000 in funding); Pascal Bonitzer’s Cherchez Hortense (“Look For Hortense”, see news - SBS Films – €394,000); Anne Fassio’s L’Amérique (Paradis Films – €197,000); Eric Pineda’s Les Intrus (“The Intruders”, Les Films de la Strada – €427,000); Noémie Lvovsky’s Camille Redouble (“Camille Repeats A Year”, see news - F Comme Film); Yossi Aviram’s The Dune (Les Films du Poisson – €263,000); and the latest, as-yet-untitled film by Yvan Attal (see news – Les Films du 24 – €361,000). The selection also includes two feature-length documentary projects: Steve Faigenbaum’s Détroit, Mes Fantômes (“Detroit, My Ghosts”, TS Productions) and Kaveh Bakhtiari’s L’escale (“Stopover”, Kameo Films), which will both be backed to the tune of €74,000 each.
(Translated from French)