Ile-de-France supporting Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde
by Fabien Lemercier
- Arnaud des Pallières, Bertrand Bonello, Marie Madinier, Emilie Deleuze, Yoann Guillouzouic, Gorune Aprikian and La Rumeur are also among those selected
Nine feature films will benefit from production aid from the Ile-de-France Region’s Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries. Standing out among the titles selected during the second session of 2015 is the animated project Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde (lit. “Minuscule, the Mandibles from the World’s End”) by Hélène Giraud and Thomas Szabo, which will be the second cinematic opus in an adventure that kicked off on television in 2003 and made the leap to the silver screen with last year’s box-office smash Minuscule – Valley of the Lost Ants [+see also:
film profile]. This time around, our tiny heroes are getting ready for winter in the Mercantour National Park. But the queen of the black ants is not feeling so great, as she has low glucose levels, so in order to find her some sugar, our heroine Mandibule the ant will have to venture out to the grocer’s in the village... With a budget of €11.75 million at its disposal, Minuscule, les mandibules du bout du monde is produced by Futurikon (which is also handling international sales), with a minority Belgian co-production and backing from such organisations as Canal+ and Orange, and with Le Pacte in charge of French distribution. The production process will last 357 days, 294 of which will be spent in the Ile-de-France region, which will support the project to the tune of €336,000.
Ile-de-France will also be backing Orpheline [+see also:
film profile] by Arnaud des Pallières (read the news – produced by Les Films Hatari and Les Films d'Ici – receiving €320,000 worth of aid), Paris est une fête [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] by Bertrand Bonello (read the news – Rectangle Productions – €384,000) and Irremplaçable [+see also:
film profile] by Thomas Lilti (read the article – 31 Juin Films - €416,000).
Also featuring among the selected titles are Le secret des banquises [+see also:
film profile] by Marie Madinier (read the article – Les Films du Lendemain – €352,000), Jamais contente [+see also:
film profile] by Emilie Deleuze (Agat Films – €384,000), Gagic by Yoann Guillouzouic (Magali Films – €320,000), Passade by Gorune Aprikian (Araprod – €256,000), and Paris Chic by Hamé Bourokba and Ekoue Labitey (the duo from the group La Rumeur – read the article – La Rumeur Filme – €320,000 in backing), which will see two brothers who mean everything to one another tear each other to pieces in Pigalle over a venue, the Paris Chic, located on the Boulevard de Clichy, 150 metres from the Moulin Rouge.
Lastly, the Ile-de-France region will support the documentary projects 20 ans après, histoire d'une délibération by Florent Vassault (produced by Andolfi) and Peau d'âme by Pierre-Oscar Levy (produced by Look at Sciences), to the tune of €72,000 each.
(Translated from French)