Ferran and Bruni-Tedeschi get advance on receipts
Six feature film projects have recently been selected by the second advance on receipts committee of the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC).
Standing out among them is Bird People by Pascale Ferran whose previous film, Lady Chatterley [+see also:
film profile], won five César awards in 2007 (including Best Film). Co-scripted by the director and Guillaume Breaud, this new project is produced by Denis Freyd for Archipel 35.
The CNC will also back Un Château en Italie (“A Castle in Italy”), the third directorial feature by actress Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi after It’s Easier for a Camel [+see also:
film profile] (Louis Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2003) and Actresses [+see also:
film profile] (selected in the Cannes Un Certain Regard section in 2007). Produced by Marc Missonnier for Fidélité Films, the film will no doubt be inspired by the castle in Castagneto Po, which was bought in 1952 by the Bruni family and sold in 2009 to a Saudi prince.
The pledge of an advance on receipts has also been made to Reality by Quentin Dupieux, the quirky director of Steak [+see also:
film profile] and Rubber [+see also:
film profile] (unveiled at a special screening in Cannes Critics’ Week 2010). Produced by Gregory Bernard for Realitism Films, the feature was pitched by its director thus: "While her father, a taxidermist, guts a wild boar he has killed, his little girl, Reality, notices a video cassette in the animal’s belly. That evening, Reality retrieves the video from the bin. She wonders whether she should watch it. What’s on the tape? What’s in her imagination?".
Also set to receive an advance on receipts is Philippe Grandrieux’s Fièvre (“Fever”). The fourth feature by the director of Sombre, A New Life and A Lake [+see also:
film profile] (shown at Venice in 2008 in the Horizons section) will be produced by Catherine Jacques for Mandrake Films.
The CNC also selected Return to Beirut by Avi Mograbi, whose previous two documentaries were showcased at Cannes (Avenge But One of My Two Eyes [+see also:
film profile] out of competition in 2005) and Venice (Z32 [+see also:
film profile] in the Horizons section in 2008). His latest work will again be produced by Serge Lalou for Les Films d’Ici.
Finally, an advance on receipts will go to Philippe Fernandez’s Cosmo Drama, the director’s second feature after A Faint Trembling of the Landscape (2009). It will be produced by Christophe Gougeon for Atopic.
(Translated from French)
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