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The Ile-de-France region backs Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara

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- Hazanavicius, Doillon, Mouret, Finkiel, Provost, the Rénier brothers, the duo of Olivier Peyon and Cyril Brody, and Lorenzo Mattotti have also been selected

The Ile-de-France region backs Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara
Actor and director Mathieu Amalric

Nine feature films have been selected at the second 2016 session of the Ile-de-France region’s Support Fund for Film and Audiovisual Technical Industries, the final results of which have only recently been made official. Featuring among the selected projects is Mathieu Amalric’s Barbara, which will be his 7th feature film as a director. His two previous works have both previously been selected as part of Cannes' official line-up (On Tour [+see also:
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in competition in 2010, which earned him the festival’s Best Director Award, and The Blue Room [+see also:
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in Un Certain Regard in 2014). Currently in pre-production, his new project centres on the character of famous French singer Barbara (1930-1997). This will be no mere biopic, however, with the screenplay (co-written by the director and Philippe Di Folco) focusing on the story of a director who wants to make a film about Barbara, instead. The two protagonists will be portrayed by Mathieu Amalric, himself, and Jeanne Balibar. Produced by Patrick Godeau for Waiting For Cinéma, the feature film will be made on a budget of €8.6 million, including a partnership with Wild Bunch, among others. 42 of the 54 days of principal photography will unspool in the Ile-de-France region, with it also supporting the film through a €419,000 grant.

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La Douleur by Emmanuel Finkiel, the 45-day shoot of which is about to wrap, has also been selected. An adaptation of Marguerite Duras’ life, the film’s script (penned by the director), which will be brought to life by a cast featuring Mélanie Thierry and Benoît Magimel, takes place in 1944. France is under Nazi occupation and writer Robert Antelme, a prominent Resistance figure, has been arrested and sent to Buchenwald. This is just the beginning of an intolerable wait for his wife, Marguerite Duras, a slow and silent agony set against the chaos of the Liberation of Paris... As a reminder, Emmanuel Finkiel directed Voyages (Winner of the 1999 Louis-Delluc Prize and the 2000 César Award for Best First Film), Nulle part terre promise [+see also:
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(in competition at Locarno in 2008 and winner of the Jean Vigo Award), the documentary, Je suis (2012), and A Decent Man [+see also:
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(2016).Produced by Les Films du Poisson, La Douleurwill have a budget of €5.8 million, including €409,000 support from the Ile-de-France region.

The region will also support Michel Hazanavicius’s Le Redoutable (read the article – produced by Les Compagnons du Cinéma – a €445,000 grant), Rodin by Jacques Doillon (articleLes Films du Lendemain – €341,000), Martin Provost’s La Sage-femme (articleCuriosa Films – €306,000), Mademoiselle de Joncquières by Emmanuel Mouret (already supported by France Cinéma – articleMoby Dick Films - €320,000), Belgian-French co-production Les Carnivores by Jérémie and Yannick Rénier (Chi-Fou-Mi Productions and Les Films du Fleuve – €210 000), animated film La Fameuse Invasion des ours en Sicile by Italy’s Lorenzo Mattotti (Prima Linea Productions –€375,000) and the documentary, Latifa, le coeur du combat, by the directorial duo of Olivier Peyon (Comment j'ai détesté les maths [+see also:
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) and Cyril Brody (Haut et Court – €85,000).

(Translated from French)

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