An advance on receipts for Joan Chemla’s Si tu voyais son coeur
by Fabien Lemercier
- The CNC is supporting the feature debut by the filmmaker as well as those by Elsa Amiel, Annarita Zambrano, Julia Ducourneau, Xavier Legrand and Hubert Charuel
Six feature-debut projects have been accepted during the fourth 2015 session of the CNC’s first advance on receipts committee. Standing out among them is Si tu voyais son coeur (lit. “If You Saw His Heart”) by Joan Chemla, which should begin shooting next January, toplined by famous Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and Marine Vacth (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actress in 2014 for Young and Beautiful [+see also:
interview: François Ozon
film profile], currently appearing in movie theatres in Families [+see also:
film profile]). Described to Cineuropa as “a very dark, even quite violent, film” by its producer, Pierre Guyard (of Nord-Ouest Films – a European Film Promotion Producer on the Move 2015 – read the interview), the feature (boasting a screenplay written by the director herself) will revolve around a Gypsy shut out by his community following the death of his best friend, who then finds a shoulder to cry on in the guise of a young woman. For the record, Chemla directed the short films The Man with the Golden Brain (which also starred Marine Vacth), Dr Nazi (in competition at Clermont-Ferrand in 2011) and Mauvaise route.
The CNC will also be backing the feature debuts by three other directors: Freaking by Julia Ducourneau (read the article – produced by Jean des Forêts for Petit Film), Après la guerre by Annarita Zambrano (produced by Stéphanie Douet for Sensito Films – a project that turned heads in the 2015 Alliance For Development selection – read the news) and Pearl by Elsa Amiel (staged by Bruno Nahon for Unité de production and picked out last year in the German-French Film Meeting co-production market), which should begin principal photography in the winter and will portray the misfortunes of a female bodybuilding champion.
An advance on receipts will also go to Jusqu'à la garde by Xavier Legrand (produced by Alexandre Gavras for KG Productions), who raked in the accolades with his short film Just Before Losing Everything: a nomination for the Oscar in 2014, a César Award the same year and four awards at Clermont-Ferrand in 2013, including the Grand Prix and the Audience Award.
Lastly, the CNC will support Bloody Milk by Hubert Charuel (produced by Alexis Dulguerian for Domino Films), who co-penned the screenplay with Claude Le Pape. It tells the story of a livestock farmer forced to slaughter his cattle one by one after an epidemic breaks out.
(Translated from French)