The Source shines in EuropaCorp’s line-up
by Fabien Lemercier
Vying for the Palme d’Or at the 64th Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22, 2011), Radu Mihaileanu’s The Source [+see also:
film profile] (see news) will be a major asset for EuropaCorp’s international sales team at the Film Market.
Co-scripted by the director, Alain-Michel Blanc and Catherine Ramberg, the film stars Leila Bekhti, Hafsia Herzi and Biyouna. It recounts a strange water war in a remote village in North Africa: the women organise a sex strike so that the men stop forcing them to go to fetch water from a far-away well, the only source in the region.
This is the fifth feature by Romanian-born French director Mihaileanu (53), after Betrayal (Grand Prize at Montreal in 1993), Train of Life (FIPRESCI Prize at Venice in 1998 and Audience Award at Sundance 1999), Live and Become [+see also:
film profile] (Audience Award in the Berlinale Panorama 2005 and Best Screenplay Cesar 2006) and The Concert [+see also:
film profile] (nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Golden Globe 2011).
The Source was produced by Elzevir Films and Oï Oï Oï Productions for €7.99m. Financed by France (64% – co-production support from France 3 Cinéma and EuropaCorp, pre-acquisitions from Canal + and CinéCinéma), Belgium (14% through Panache Productions, La Compagnie Cinématographique Europeenne and the RTBF), Italy (12% through Indigo Films and BIM Distribuzione) and Morocco (10%), the film was also backed by Eurimages.
EuropaCorp’s line-up also includes three titles in post-production: Luc Besson’s The Lady (see news), Olivier Megaton’s Colombiana and Irish duo James Mather and Stephen St. Leger’s Lockout.
Highlights in production are Megaton’s Taken 2, Frédéric Beigbeder’s Love Lasts Three Years, 3D animated films A Monster In Paris and The Mechanics of the Heart, and Xavier Palud’s thriller Blind Man.
Also showing is the world premiere of Akim Isker’s The Hideout. Among the many other films to be screened at the market are Pascal Sid and Julien Lacombe’s 3D film Behind the Walls, Karine Silla’s Butterfly Kiss, Thierry Binisti’s A Bottle in the Gaza Sea, Hiner Saleem’s If You Die, I’ll Kill You and Martin Provost’s The Long Falling.
(Translated from French)