The Ile-de-France region backs Sou Abadi’s Cherchez la femme
by Fabien Lemercier
- Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar, Fabien Marsaud, Mehdi Idir, Nicolas Bedos, Sonia Kronlund, Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier have also been selected
After a long reorganisation period following a change of political majority, the Ile-de-France region’s Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries has got back to business, selecting six feature films for production assistance at the first session of 2016. Sou Abadi’s Cherchez la femme (lit. “Look for the Woman”), the shoot for which has just wrapped, was among those chosen and will receive a grant of €320,000. It marks the director’s first fiction feature, following her 2002 documentary SOS Tehran. The film’s cast features names such as Félix Moati (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 2013 and 2016 for his roles in Télé Gaucho [+see also:
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interview: Pascale Ferran
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Scripted by the director herself, the film focuses on couple Armand and Leila. Mahmoud, Leila’s older brother, has just come back from a long trip to Yemen, something that has changed him dramatically. Learning of the romance between Armand and his sister, he decides to sequester her away, distancing her from her boyfriend. Armand is left with no choice: if he wants to gain entry to Mahmoud’s home, he will have to don the chador. The following day, a woman wearing a chador wanders the streets of Paris… A woman called Scheherazade…
Produced by Michaël Gentile for The Film, Cherchez la femme is being co-produced with France 2 Cinéma and Mars Films (which will also be managing the film’s distribution in France), has been bought in advance by Canal+ and Ciné+, and has received an advance on receipts from the CNC. Yves Angelo is on board as DoP (a winner of three César Awards in this field), and Films Distribution will handle the film’s international sales.
The Ile-de-France region has also awarded a €250,000 grant to Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar’s Les véridiques [+see also:
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Patients (read the article) by Fabien Marsaud (aka Grand Corps Malade) and Mehdi Idir (aka Minos), produced by Mandarin, which will receive a grant of €260,000, Nicolas Bedos’ Monsieur et Madame Adelman (Les Films du Kiosque – €380,000 support), Les Têtes de l’emploi by duo Alexandre Charlot and Franck Magnier (Récifilms – €370,000 support) and the Franco-German title Le prince de Nothingwood by Sonia Kronlund (Gloria Films Production – €60,000 support) are the other films that have been selected to receive funding.
(Translated from French)