Old and new to receive CNC advances on receipts
by Fabien Lemercier
13/03/2012 - Both young filmmakers and confirmed film directors are among the seven feature films projects approved for advances on receipts at the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC)’s first 2012 selection session. The latter for the first time included interviews with producers and directors whose projects had been selected in a plenary session, an extra step after the traditional evaluation of screenplays, intention notes, and DVDs of previous work.
Two serious hopes for French cinema will be awarded adavances on receipts. Grand Central by Rebecca Zlotowski (photo - 2010 Louis-Delluc Prize for best first film with Dear Prudence [trailer], which was unveiled at the Critics’ Week in Cannes) will bring together actors Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim in a story of complicated love among nuclear industry workers. Filming on this Films Velvet production will start this summer.
Djinn Carrenard who won the 2011 Louis-Delluc Prize for best first film with Donoma will also receive the CNC’s support for Faire l’amour (lit. “Making love” - a Realitism Films production) for which filming will start at the end of April.
More experienced directors have also been promised support by the CNC: Abus de faiblesse (lit. “Abuse of weakness”) by Catherine Breillat (article - Flach Films) to feature Isabelle Huppert and Kool Shen, Camille Claudel by Bruno Dumont (news - 3B Productions) to star Juliette Binoche, and Mes séances de lutte (lit. “My wrestling sessions”) by Jacques Doillon (who will also produce his film, and who currently has Un enfant de toi, lit. “A child by you”, in post-production - read more).
Alain Guiraudie is also among those selected with L’inconnu du lac (lit. “The stranger from the lake” - production Les Films du Worso) which will be his fourth feature film notably after No Rest for the Brave [trailer] and The King of Escape [trailer], both selected for the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 2003 and 2009. Finally, financial support went to the documentary Le courtil by Mariana Otéro (production Archipel 33).