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Ile-de-France backs Je M’appelle Tous Milana

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Eight feature film projects are included in the third 2009 selection by the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund for Technical Film and Audiovisual Industries.

Among them is Romain Goupil’s Je M’appelle Tous Milana (“We’re All Called Milana”), which is produced by Les Films du Losange and will receive €370,000 in funding. The film, starring Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi and Hippolyte Girardot, finished its 40-day shoot this summer.

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Sixty-eight-year-old Milana describes her experiences in 2009. At the age of eight, as a primary school pupil in Paris, she is part of a group of six kids, including Blaise, Alice, Claudio, Ali and Youssef.

Youssef’s family are deported as they don’t have the correct identity papers. Chechnya-born Milana is also in danger. The group of friends vow to do everything to stay together.

Having first attracted attention with Half A Life (winner of the Cannes Camera d'Or in 1982, Cesar for Best Debut Film and an Oscar nomination), Goupil made his last big-screen outing in 2002 with Purely Coincidental.

Co-produced by France 3 Cinéma, the €3m Je M’appelle Tous Milana has been pre-bought by Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. Les Films du Losange will handle domestic distribution and international sales.

The Ile-de-France region will also support Fabienne Berthaud’s Bare Feet On Slugs, starring Diane Kruger and Ludivine Sagnier (produced by Le Bureau - see news - €370,000 in funding); Hiner Saleem’s N’oublie Jamais Ton Ami (“Never Forget Your Friend”, Mact Productions - €445,000); René Féret’s Nannerl, Mozart’s Sister (Les Films Alyne - €445,000); and Jean-Paul Jaud’s documentary Pleurer La Nuit (“Crying At Night”, J+B Séquences - €85,000).

The selection also includes three debut features: Fabrice Gobert’s thriller Love Like Blood (2.4.7 Films - €400,000); Alexandre Coffre’s dramatic comedy Sur Des Rails (“On the Rails”, Yume Quad Films - €445,000); and Christophe Rodriguez’s Voie Rapide (“Express Road”, Sésame Films - €406,000), set to star Johan Libéreau and Anaïs Demoustier.

(Translated from French)

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