Chabrol, Franco-German bridge-head
by Fabien Lemercier
14/07/2005 - On Monday, three majority French productions obtained support from the French German co-production aid fund which selected five features at its second session of the year . Started at the end 2001 following the signing of the French-German mini-treaty, selective aid from the two countries this time awarded 220 000 euros to La comédie du pouvoir by Claude Chabrol, 200 000 euros for Pour aller au ciel, il faut mourir by Djamshed Usmonov and 240 000 euros for Cycles – Les murs porteurs by Cyril Gelblat.
Produced by Patrick Godeau for Alicéléo, La comédie du pouvoir by Claude Chabrol retraces an affair of state inspired by the Elf Aquitaine legal disputes, starring Isabelle Huppert as the judge, François Berléand, Patrick Bruel and Maryline Canto. 80% French, the financial package includes Integral Film at 20%. The nine weeks of shooting for the director's 51st feature will finish at the end of July, Pan Européenne Distribution will release the film on French screens on the 21st Decemebr 2005, international sales will be handled by Wild Bunch.
The third feature by the Tadjikistani director b>Djamshed Usmonov who stood out with his previous film L’Ange de l'épaule droite (2002), Pour aller au ciel, il faut mourir benefits from a co-production led by the French outfit Elzevir Films (53%) with a notable partner in the shape of German companyPandora Filmproduktion (32%). Also supported by Arte France Cinéma, the film's main character is Kamal, 20, who loves his young wife , but cannot make love to her. Becoming the joke of his village, he consults a doctor who can see no physical problem and advises him to gain his apprenticeship with a mature woman before going back to his wife. And so Kamal leaves the village in search of adventure.
Produced by Caroline Adrian and Antoine Rein for the French company Delante Films (70%) in partnership with the German CMW Film Company (20%), Cycles – Les murs porteurs by Cyril Gelblat portrays three generations of one family. Interpreted by Charles Berling, Marie-Josée Croze, Miou-Miou and Mélanie Laurent, this first feature is also co-produced with Karé Productions.
the figures in detail for French-German fund
La comédie du pouvoir
Aliceleo S.A. (80%): 120 000 euros
Integral Film GmbH (20%): 100 000 euros
Pour aller au ciel, il faut mourir
Elzevir Films (53%): 120 000 euros
Pandora Film Produktion GmbH (32%): 80 000 euros
Cycles – Les murs porteurs
Delante Films (70%): 150 000 euros
CMW Film Company GmbH (20%): 90 000 euros
(Translated from French)