A trip to Rome for the first Rencontres de coproduction France-Italie
by Fabien Lemercier
- Among the six French projects selected are the next films by Michel Leclerc, Oliver Hermanus and Stéphane Robelin
On 2 April, Rome’s Palazzo Farnese will host the first edition of the “Rencontres de coproduction France-Italie” (France-Italy Co-production Meetings). Organised by the Ile-de-France Film Commission and the Roma Lazio Film Commission (partners in the European CRC - Capital Regions for Cinema network) together with the Institut Français Italia, the French Embassy in Italy and Unifrance, in collaboration with the CNC and the MIBAC, the event will take place at the same time as the fourth "Rendez-vous, nouveau cinéma français" festival (2-6 April 2014).
Six French projects have been selected and their producers invited to Rome to take part in the meetings. Among them is La vie très privée de Mr Sim [+see also:
film profile] by Michel Leclerc, whose The Names of Love [+see also:
film profile], unveiled at the Cannes International Critics’ Week, won the César for Best Screenplay in 2011 and earned Sara Forestier the César for Best Actress. Revolving around the misadventures of a 48-year-old loser, the project is being produced by Karé Productions.
Also selected is the project The Well by Oliver Hermanus, whose production is being handled by Paris-based Swift Productions. Having been the revelation of the Cannes “Un Certain Regard” section in 2011 with Beauty [+see also:
film profile], the South African filmmaker will be kicking off the shoot (again with Swift) for The Endless River [+see also:
film profile] (starring Nicolas Duvauchelle) in late April.
The list of chosen projects also includes En France by Stéphane Robelin (Ici & La Productions), whose previous film, And If We All Lived Together? [+see also:
film profile], was unveiled in the Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2011.
The three other projects in search of production and/or distribution partners in Rome are Love Is Dead by Eric Capitaine (produced by De Films en Aiguille), Second Generation by the duo Véra Belmont and Franck Dion (PMMP – Stephan Films), and The Easy Life (La Mansarde – Mandarin Cinéma).
Interestingly, this first edition of the Rencontres de coproduction France-Italie will also feature several round-table presentation sessions for production and funding in both France and Italy, as well as a report on the first bilateral Franco-Italian fund committee (read the news).
(Translated from French)