Gallic showcase in the Eternal City
by Fabien Lemercier
18/10/2007 - In addition to competition titles, the 2nd RomeFilmFest, which opens today, also features over ten French (co)productions.
Out of competition, the Cinéma 2007 section will host the international premiere of collective animated film Fear(s) of the dark [trailer] by Blutch, Charles Burns, Marie Caillou, Richard McGuire, Pierre Di Sciullo and Lorenzo Mattotti.
The French/Belgium co-production (80%-20%) piloted by Prima Linea Productions with La Parti Production and Def2Shoot, which is being sold internationally by Celluloid Dreams, carried a €3.84m budget including CNC advances on receipts.
Also of note is a new version of Chacun son cinéma, the collective film made to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Cannes (an Elzevir production); La recta provincia by Raoul Ruiz (Margo films), whose work the Roman festival will also pay tribute to; and the appearance of Gérard Depardieu in the cast of Mimmo Calopresti’s L'abbuffata and alongside Bernardo Bertolucci for a meeting with the public.
Other French films feature in the Alice in the City section, notably Françoise Maire’s Let’s Say... [trailer] (a Les Films de la Boissière production, sales by Pyramide), about children playing at adult professions.
Gallic co-productions at Rome include Hana Makhmalbaf’s Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame, which was jointly produced by its sales agent Wild Bunch, and the feature Spare Parts by Mexico’s Aaron Fernandez (an Alliance Films and Quasar Pictures co-production).
Lastly, the Extra section will host Michael Henry Wilson’s documentary Clint Eastwood: A Life in Film (Les Films d'Ici).
(Translated from French)