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Grand froid by Gérard Pautonnier put on a crowdfunding platform

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- Led by Elzévir with a cast featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Olivier Gourmet and Arthur Dupont, the project has been selected by Movies Angels

Grand froid by Gérard Pautonnier put on a crowdfunding platform
Director Gérard Pautonnier (© Laura Cortés)

The final deadline for investing, becoming a shareholder in and legally acquiring the status of co-producer of Grand froid by Gérard Pautonnier is 31 July. An adaptation of the novel Edmond Ganglion & Fils by Joël Egloff, this off-the-wall comedy is set to start filming in December and will be co-produced by Poland. The cast features Jean-Pierre Bacri (who was nominated four times for the César for Best Actor, including in 2001 for The Taste of Others, in 2004 for Feelings and in 2013 for Looking for Hortense [+see also:
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]
and will be appearing on screen in December in The Terrible Privacy of Mr Sim), Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet (who won the award for Best Actor at Cannes in 2002 for The Son [+see also:
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]
 and was nominated for the César for Best Actor in 2012 for his role in The Minister [+see also:
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interview: Pierre Schoeller
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]
) and Arthur Dupont (who was nominated for the César for Most Promising Actor in 2011 and won awards for his performance in Mobile Home [+see also:
trailer
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]
and Haute Cuisine [+see also:
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).

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Written by Gérard Pautonnier and Joël Egloff, the storyline (which won the audience award for best screenplay at the Angers First Film Festival) centres around a small town in the middle of nowhere, in the dead of winter. A funeral home is on its last legs, to the despair of Edmond Zweck (Gourmet), the owner. The business has been reduced to just two employees: Georges (Bacri), Zweck’s right-hand man, and Eddy (Dupont), a young man who is very helpful but is still a beginner in the business. One fine morning, however, someone finally dies, and hope is reborn. Eddy and Georges are given the task of escorting the dead man to his final resting place. But whilst looking for the cemetery that turns out to be impossible to find, the funeral procession gets lost and the hearse loses the family following it. The journey descends into disaster.

Produced by Denis Carot for Elzévir Films, Grand froid, which will be co-produced byPoland and Belgium, has already secured, among others, an advance on receipts from the CNC. Elzévir, which recently produced Party Girl [+see also:
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interview: Marie Amachoukeli, Claire B…
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]
and Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
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]
, will be bringing Par accident [+see also:
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by Camille Fontaine (see article) to French theatres on 14 October.

Movies Angels allows anyone, for the first time in France, to become shareholders in a film and legally acquire the status of co-producer, in accordance with the model introduced by the ruling of 30 May 2014 on the participative funding that allows French SMEs to give Internet investors access to their capital. Thanks to its association with Raizers.com, the first European equity crowdfunding platform, Movies Angels is able to provide its investors (with a minimum investment of €500) and project leaders with a platform for raising up to €1 million per project. Among the nine members of the committee that selects which projects to support are Eric Garandeau (the former president of the CNC) and producer Sylvie Pialat (Les Films du Worso).

(Translated from French)

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