Four French productions/co-productions vying for the Golden Leopard
by Fabien Lemercier
- Cosmos by Andrzej Zulawski and Suite armoricaine by Pascale Breton will be taking part in the international competition
Out of the 18 feature films in the running for the Golden Leopard at the 68th Locarno Film Festival (5-15 August 2015), two majority French and two minority French productions really stand out.
The metaphysical noir thriller Cosmos [+see also:
film profile] (read the article) by famous Polish filmmaker Andrzej Zulawski will have its eyes on the prize: this Franco-Portuguese co-production is adapted from the novel of the same name by Witold Gombrowicz, and stars such names as Sabine Azéma, Jean-François Balmer, Jonathan Genet, Johan Libéreau, Victória Guerra, Clémentine Pons and Andy Gillet. Produced by Paulo Branco for Alfama Films (which is also taking care of the international sales), Cosmos was co-produced by Leopardo Filmes and benefited from the support of the bilateral fund intended to stimulate co-productions of cinematic works between France and Portugal (managed by the CNC and the ICA).
Suite armoricaine [+see also:
film profile] (read the article) by Pascale Breton will also be having its world premiere in competition at Locarno; it is the second feature by the director, following Illumination (winner of the Best Screenplay Award at Turin in 2004 and the KNF Award at Rotterdam in 2005). Starring Valérie Dréville, Kaou Langoët and Elina Löwensohn, among others, the movie was produced by Paul Rozenberg for Zadig Films, was co-produced by Sylicone and benefited from backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, the Brittany region and the Indéfilms Sofica.
Two minority French co-productions round off the line-up, with No Home Movie [+see also:
film profile] by Belgian director Chantal Akerman (co-produced by Liaison Cinématographique and sold by Doc & Film International) and Dark in the White Light by Vimukthi Jayasundara (produced by Sri Lanka together with Les Films de l’Etranger).
(Translated from French)