Ile-de-France selects high-calibre auteurs
by Fabien Lemercier
- Claire Denis, François Ozon, Asghar Farhadi, Wim Wenders, and Riad Sattouf's next films stand out among those selected by the region
With an Oscar winner (Asghar Farhadi, 2012 Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language with A Separation), a two-time nominee for the Oscar for best documentary (Wim Wenders in 2000 with Buena Vista Social and in 2012 with Pina [+see also:
interview: Wim Wenders
film profile]), big film festival regulars (Claire Denis and François Ozon), and emerging talent (Riad Sattouf, 2010 Cesar for best directorial debut in 2010 with The French Kissers [+see also:
film profile]), the list of the eight feature film projects selected by the Ile-de-France Region's Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries during its fourth 2012 session is looking promising.
Produced by Memento Films, Iranian director Asghar Farhadi's first French film (still without a definitive title - read more) to star Bérénice Bejo, Tahar Rahim, and Ali Mosaffa, is to receive €543,000.
Claire Denis's Les salauds (lit. "The bastards" - read more - Alcatraz Films - €466,000) with Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni has also been selected. In the screenplay written by the director with Jean-Paul Fargeau, Marco, a container ship captain, urgently returns to Paris. His sister Sandra is desperate... Her husband has committed suicide, leaving behind a bankrupt company, and her daughter is adrift. According to Sandra, it's businessman Edouard Laporte's fault. Marco rents a studio in the building where Laporte has set up his mistress and daughter…
François Ozon's Jeune et jolie (lit. "Young and pretty" - read more - production: Mandarin Cinéma - €349,000) draws the portrait of a 17-year-old teenage girl today, in four seasons and four songs. The cast is to include Marine Vacth, Géraldine Pailhas, Frédéric Pierrot, Fantin Ravat, Nathalie Richard, and Charlotte Rampling.
Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado's documentary L'ombre et la lumière (lit. "Shadow and light" - produced by Decia Films - €87,000) is also worth mentioning. The film, to portray famous photographer Sebastiao Salgado, is to be sold worldwide by Le Pacte.
Other selected projects include Riad Sattouf's Jacky in Women's Kingdom (read more - Les Films des Tournelles - €262,000), Josiane Balasko's Nenette (LGM Films- €466,000), Michaël Cohen's Chronique d'une vie ordinaire (read more - produced by NoLiTa Cinéma - €310,000 euros), and Ernesto Ona's Mohammed Dubois (Les Films Manuel Munz - €388,000).
(Translated from French)