CNC’s competitive contribution to 7 films
France’s Centre National de la Cinématographie announced that seven of the feature films selected for the main competition at the 59th Venice International Film Festival were made thanks to French money. Three of the titles in question received an advance on future box office takings under the terms of a law passed in 1960 that supports first and second-time films, they are Un monde presque paisible by Michel Deville - in competition for the Golden Lion - Raymond Depardon’s Un homme sans l’occident and Claire Denis’ Vendredi soir, both scheduled for screening in “Controcorrente”.
Toni Marshall’s Au plus près du paradiswas- made with Franco-Canadian money while Serghej Bodrov’s Bear’s Kiss, benefited from French funding that the CNC has been earmarking for foreign language films since 1987, as did San Marco Award competitor, Robert Manthoulis, with Lily’s story. Nha Fala by Flora Gomes received a grant from the Southern Countries Fund for filmmakers from developing countries while Andrej Konchalovsky’s Dom Durako and Patrice Leconte’s L’homme du train received unconditional CNC funding.
(Translated from French)
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