Corporate by Nicolas Silhol banks on crowdfunding
by Fabien Lemercier
- Staged by Kazak Productions and with Céline Sallette among the cast, Nicolas Silhol’s feature-debut project has been selected by Movies Angels
It’s the home stretch now for those who wish to invest in, become a shareholder of and legally acquire the status of co-producer on the feature debut by Nicolas Silhol, Corporate, as this opportunity will end on 31 July. A graduate of La Fémis, the filmmaker turned heads with his two short films Tous les enfants s'appellent Dominique (shortlisted for the Oscars in 2010, and the winner of the Grand Prix at the Toronto Film Festival) and Love Thyself (Special Screening in the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010 and in competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2011). The provisional cast of Corporate, which will be a social crime film set in the world of business, includes Céline Sallette, Lambert Wilson and Stephane de Groodt.
Written by the director together with Nicolas Fleureau, the story revolves around Emilie Tesson-Hansen, a young and brilliant human resources executive at ESEN, a big agri-food group. She is hit very hard by the suicide of an employee, Didier Dalmat, who flings himself from a great height in the lobby of the company, right before her eyes. Faced with the denial of her managers and with her traumatised colleagues who see her as the ideal scapegoat, but also faced with labour inspector Marie Borrel, who launches an investigation into her, Emilie is determined to save her skin...
Produced by Jean-Christophe Raymond for Kazak Productions, Corporate has a budget of €2.4 million and is scheduled to be shot in January and February 2016.
Kazak Productions has produced four feature films, all of which made quite a splash: Jimmy Rivière [+see also:
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film profile] by Clément Cogitore (unveiled in the most recent Cannes Critics’ Week – released in France on 30 September 2015).
For the first time in France, Movies Angels enables anybody to become a shareholder in a film and to legally acquire the status of a co-producer, according to the model introduced by the ruling of 30 May 2014 on crowdfunding that allows French SMEs to open up their capital to online investors. Thanks to its partnership with Raizers.com, the first European equity crowdfunding platform, Movies Angels provides its investors (who must invest a minimum of €500) and project leaders with a platform that enables them to raise up to €1 million per project. Among the nine members of the project selection committee are Eric Garandeau (former president of the CNC) and producer Sylvie Pialat (Les Films du Worso).
(Translated from French)