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FUNDING France

Advances on receipts for Tavernier and Ferroukhi

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Six screenplays were selected at the end of April by the second advances on receipts committee of the National Film Centre (CNC).

Backing will go to forthcoming features by Bertrand Tavernier, Ismaël Ferroukhi, René Féret, Romain Goupil, as well as Spain’s Pablo Berger and China’s Lou Ye (whose latest film Spring Fever [+see also:
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will screen in competition at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival).

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After the critical and popular success of In the Electric Mist [+see also:
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, Tavernier will this autumn shoot La Princesse De Montpensier (“The Princess of Montpensier”, produced by Eric Heumann for Paradis Films), adapted from Mme de Lafayette’s eponymous 1662 story. The cast includes Louis Garrel, Gaspard Ulliel, Mélanie Thierry and Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet.

Co-written by the director, Jean Cosmos and François-Olivier Rousseau, the film retraces the enduring passion between the Duke of Guise and Mlle de Mézières, despite the latter’s forced marriage to the Prince of Montpensier.

An advance on receipts will also go to Comme Nos Enfants (“Like Our Children”), Ferroukhi’s second feature after Le grand voyage (“The Big Journey”, winner of the Lion of the Future Award at Venice 2004 and nominated for the 2006 Bafta for Best Non-English-language Film). Produced by Fabienne Vonier for Pyramide Productions, Comme Nos Enfants tells of how the Paris Mosque leader hid and saved the lives of over 1,500 people, including around 100 Jewish children between 1940 and 1944.

Co-written by the director and Tiphaine Pirlot, Féret’s Nannerl centres on Maria Anna Mozart, sister of the famous composer. Also a gifted musician, she is forced by her father to abandon her art for an ordinary life. Produced by the director’s company (Les Films Alyne), the film will start shooting in October.

The three other advances on receipts were awarded to Goupil’s Je Ne Me Souviens Plus Qui Était Président en 2009… (“I No Longer Remember Who Was President in 2009”, produced by Margaret Menegoz for Les Films du Losange); Snowhite by Berger (Torremolinos 73 [+see also:
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, nominated for four Goyas in 2004), piloted by Jérôme Vidal for Noodles Productions; and Ye’s Bitch (produced by Kristina Larsen for Les Films du Lendemain).

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(Translated from French)

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