An advance on receipts for Jean-Pierre Améris’ Nez de cuir
by Fabien Lemercier
- The CNC will also be backing the upcoming films by Gilles Bourdos, Serge Bozon, Lucile Chaufour, Eric Caravaca and Marie Dumora
Six projects have been accepted during the fourth 2015 session of the CNC’s second advance on receipts committee. Standing out among them is Nez de cuir (lit. “Leathernose”) by Jean-Pierre Améris, an adaptation of a novel by Jean de La Varende that was previously brought to the big screen in 1952 by Yves Allégret. The main character in the movie is a 22-year-old man who has returned from the Napoleonic Wars after sustaining serious damage to his face. Despite being forced to wear a mask, he nevertheless racks up some considerable sexual conquests with women, until the day comes when he falls head over heels in love... This will be the 11th fiction feature by Jean-Pierre Améris, who has directed such titles as Les aveux de l’innocent (winner of the Cannes Critics’ Week Award in 1996), C’est la vie (Best Director at San Sebastián in 2001), Lightweight (selected in Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2004), Call Me Elizabeth [+see also:
film profile] (Generation section at the 2007 Berlinale), Romantics Anonymous [+see also:
film profile] (2010), The Man Who Laughs [+see also:
interview: Christa Théret
film profile] (unveiled out of competition at Venice in 2012), Marie’s Story [+see also:
film profile] (Piazza Grande at Locarno in 2014) and Family To Rent [+see also:
film profile] (2015). The production of Nez de cuir will be staged by F Comme Film.
An advance on receipts from the CNC will also go to Espèces menacées (lit. “Endangered Species”), the fifth feature by Gilles Bourdos, following Disparus (Directors’ Fortnight 1998), Inquiétudes (2003), Afterwards (selected at Toronto in 2008) and Renoir [+see also:
interview: Christa Théret
film profile] (unveiled as the closing film of Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2012, and the French candidate for the Oscar in 2014). Production will be entrusted to Kristina Larsen, for Les Films du Lendemain.
The CNC will also support Madame Hyde by Serge Bozon (starring Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu and Romain Duris – read the article – produced by Les Films Pelléas) and Gas Gas by Lucile Chaufour (who took part in the Berlinale Forum in 2005 with Violent Days [+see also:
film profile]), in which two motorbike mechanics attempt to save their garage by any means possible, after it gets into huge financial problems (produced by Supersonicglide).
Two feature-length documentary projects have also been selected for the advance on receipts: Carré 35 by Eric Caravaca and Belinda by Marie Dumora (produced by Les Films d'Ici).
(Translated from French)