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Ile-de-France supports Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us

by Fabien Lemercier

11/10/2012 - The American director’s Parisian film project is to be supported by the region, as are Gondry, Provost, Chapiron, Ben Yadir, Demoustier, and Ujica’s next films

Ile-de-France supports Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us

The Smell of Us, American director Larry Clark (photo)’s first French film project, is one of seven feature film projects to have been selected during the third session held this year by the Ile-de-France regional support fund for technical film and audiovisual industries. The film will be the director’s seventh after Kids (which competed in Cannes in 1995), Another Day in Paradise, Bully (which competed in Venice in 2001), Ken Park, Wassup Rockers, and Marfa Girl (to compete at the next Rome Film Festival from November 9 to 17).

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Written by young French screenwriter Mathieu Landais, the screenplay for The Smell of Us centres on Math and J.P., two young friends who share a passion for skateboards and a complicated family life. On a whim, they decide to join the world of Internet-based escorting. Marie and Pacman are a chaotic couple in the same group. This dive into delinquency and ferocity will soon reveal appearances to be deceptive, as deep rifts and hidden perversions start to appear that will destroy their ability to dream.

Produced by Gérard Lacroix and Pierre-Paul Puljiz for PMP (Pénélope Morgane Production), the film is to start shooting during the first semester of 2013 for 35 days in Ile-de-France, the region supporting the project with up to €396,000 towards a total budget of €3.54m. Mars Films is to handle the film’s distribution in France and Wild Bunch is to handle its international sales.

The Ile-de-France region has also decided to support Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo (read more - production Brio Films - allocated aid: €505,000) , Martin Provost’s Violette (read more - TS Productions - €396,000), Kim Chapiron’s La crème de la crème (read more - Moonshaker Films and Stone Angels - €396,000), Stéphane Demoustier’s Terre battue (read more - Les Films Velvet - €297,000), Belgian director Nabil Ben Yadir’s La marche (a director first noticed for The Barons [+see also:
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- Chi-Fou-Mi Productions - €330,000), and Romanian filmmaker Andrei Ujica’s feature-length documentary Tomorrow Never Knows (Ujica's The Autobiographie of Nicolae Ceausescu was selected for Cannes in 2010 - Mandragora - €81,000).

(Translated from French)

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