CNC grants €3.24m to nine films
by Fabien Lemercier
20/09/2007 - Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC) Director General Véronique Cayla yesterday granted eight titles pre-production advances on receipts and one project post-production advances on receipts, worth a total €3.24m.
Bruno Podalydès' Bancs publics, Versailles rive droite – the last instalment of a trilogy that began with the short Versailles rive gauche (1993César) and continued with Dieu seul me voit (Versailles-chantiers) (1999 César for Best Feature) – was granted €400,000.
The director – whose subsequent titles include Freedom-Oléron, The Mystery of the Yellow Room and Perfume of the Lady in Black [trailer, film focus] (see Focus) – has brought together a star-studded cast for his new project (in which he also appears), featuring his brother Denis Podalydès, Jean-Noël Brouté, Michel Vuillermoz, Emmanuelle Devos, Olivier Gourmet, Mathieu Amalric, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Chiara Mastroianni, Josiane Balasko and Florence Muller.
The CNC has also allocated €500,000 to an adaptation of the Marguerite Duras novel Un barrage contre le Pacifique, a CDP production directed by Cambodia’s Rithy Panh, whose features have screened several times at Cannes (including 1994 competition entry Rice People), as well as his documentaries (S21: The Khmer Rouge Death Machine and Les artistes du théâtre brûlé, out of competition in 2003 and 2005).
A sum of €300,000 went to Belgian directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne for their latest project Le silence de Lorna (produced by France’s Archipel 35). The production also received backing from Eurimages and Arte France Cinéma, while Pierre Schoeller’s feature debut Versailles (a Les Films Pelléas production) received €440,000.
Khamsa, directed by festival regular Karim Dridi (a Mirak Films production backed by ARTE), was allocated €430,000, while Lazennec & Associés production Not Before and Not After by Lithuanian director Sharunas Bartas (whose latest work Seven Invisible Men screened in Directors’ Fortnight 2005) received €280,000.
Animated film was also not forgotten with €380,000 granted to Albert Pereira Lazaro and Emmanuel Klotz’s Les Lascars (a Millimages production).
Lastly, Château-Rouge Production has particular reason to celebrate with post-production advances on receipts of €440,000 for Emmanuel Parraud’s feature debut Avant poste “(Outpost”) about the trials and tribulations of a social worker in a rough suburb who has to deal with difficult youths, as well as €70,000 for French/Spanish co-production En la ciudad de Sylvia [trailer] by José Luis Guerin (see interview), which was well received in official competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
(Translated from French)