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Ile-de-France backs Joann Sfar’s Petit Vampire

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- Also featuring among the films selected are those by Christophe Honoré, Vincent Garenq, Emma Luchini, Thomas Desagnat and Lidia Terki

Ile-de-France backs Joann Sfar’s Petit Vampire
"Le Petit Vampire", created by Joann Sfar

In the midst of a fairly strained funding situation for the seventh art in France (read the news), the commitment of the Ile-de-France Region’s Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries is now all the more important. Seven feature-film projects are among the successful candidates for the fourth session for 2014, including Petit Vampire by Joann Sfar, which will be backed to the tune of €515,000. This will be the second animated feature by the director, following The Rabbi’s Cat [+see also:
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(winner of the César Award for Best Animated Film in 2012), and his fourth feature in total, as he has also dabbled in the world of fiction with Gainsbourg [+see also:
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, which took home three César Awards in 2011 (including Best Debut), and with La Dame dans l'auto avec des lunettes et un fusil [+see also:
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(read the article – currently in post-production).

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€515,000 will also go to Les malheurs de Sophie [+see also:
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by Christophe Honoré, loosely based on the novel of the same name by the Countess of Ségur, and featuring a screenplay written by the director together with Gilles Taurand. Produced by Les Films Pelléas, the feature, which should begin shooting in January (with a cast including Golshifteh Farahani, Anaïs Demoustier and Murielle Robin, among others), will be the tenth by the filmmaker, who is a regular at the major festivals, with four of his movies having been presented at Cannes (Seventeen Times Cecile Cassard in Un Certain Regard in 2002, Dans Paris [+see also:
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in the Directors’ Fortnight in 2006, Love Songs [+see also:
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in competition in 2007 and Beloved [+see also:
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as the closing film of the Official Selection in 2011), two in competition at San Sebastian (with La Belle personne [+see also:
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in 2008 and Making Plans for Lena [+see also:
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in 2009) and Métamorphoses [+see also:
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in the Venice Days in 2014.

The Ile-de-France region will also be supporting Bamberski [+see also:
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by Vincent Garenq, which is currently being shot and sees Daniel Auteuil toplining the cast (read the article – €294,000 in backing).

Among the other selected titles are Un début prometteur, the second feature by Emma Luchini, following Sweet Valentine [+see also:
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(€276,000 in backing). Produced by NoLiTa Cinéma, and co-produced with Gaumont and Belgian outfit Nexus Factory, among others, the film has now entered post-production and boasts a cast including Manu Payet, Fabrice Luchini, Belgian actress Veerle Baetens and Zacharie Chasseriaud.

Lastly of note is Logement partage by Thomas Desagnat (Nac Films – backed by €405,000), Paris blanche by Lidia Terki (produced by Praxis – backed by €221,000), and the documentary project Dérive d'un été by Magali Bragard and Séverine Enjolras (produced by Survivance – backed by €51,000).

As previously reported, the September session of the Ile-de-France Region’s Support Fund chose to back Rien ne sert de courir by Maïwenn (see the news), Marguerite et Julien by Valérie Donzelli (read the article), Comme un avion [+see also:
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by Bruno Podalydès, Chant d'hiver [+see also:
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by Otar Iosseliani, the feature debuts The New Kid [+see also:
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 by Rudi Rosenberg (read the article), J'ai dégagé Ben Ali [+see also:
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by Ramzi Ben Sliman (read the article), Batarde [+see also:
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by Uda Benyamina, De sas en sas [+see also:
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by Rachida Brakni (read the news) and Le grand jeu [+see also:
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by Nicolas Pariser, as well as the documentaries Le bien by Claire Simon and Swagger by Olivier Babinet.

(Translated from French)

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