European horizons for Les Films d’Antoine
by Fabien Lemercier
- After Pioneer by Norwegian director Erik Skjoldbjærg, the French company is notably producing Sangailé by Lithuanian director Alanté Kavaïté
Managed by Antoine Simkine, the French company Les Films d'Antoine has been operating since 2004 with an editorial line clearly directed towards other European countries, which can been seen through its filmography that includes Insensibles [+see also:
film profile] by Juan Carlos Medina (produced with Spain and Portugal), Sons of Norway [+see also:
film profile] by Jens Lien (coproduction with Norway, Denmark and Sweden), On the Sly [+see also:
film profile] by Belgian director Olivier Ringer and Everyday Objects [+see also:
film profile] by German director Nicolas Wackerbarth. A strategy of European overture successfully upheld since Pioneer by Erik Skjoldbjærg (read the news – coproduced by Les films d’Antoine with Norwegian company Friland, the Germans from Pandora and Swedish outfit Garagefilm), unveiled in Special Presentation in Toronto, already seduced many international distributors, including Magnolia for the United States.
"The films I want to develop, I know that it will be difficult for them to be 100% French”, explained Antoine Simkine to Cineuropa. "Europe offers formidable perspectives when we collaborate intelligently. For Pioneer, whose producer I had met at the ACE (Ateliers du Cinéma Européen), I didn’t content myself with the bare financial minimum, instead we had a creative agreement with notably music by Air and all the sound post-production in France. Pioneer [+see also:
film profile] is a "crossover", the kind of film that could not be produced in France where we are much more split.”
Currently, Les Films d'Antoine is producing Sangailé by Alanté Kavaïté, who was already partnered with the company for her first feature, the original Fissures [+see also:
film profile] (2007). Produced in majority by Lithuanian outfit Fralita Films, the feature was filmed in August-September and final scenes will be shot at the beginning of next year. The screenplay, written by the director, focuses on a 16-year-old teenager, on holiday with her family by a lake. Fascinated by planes and aerobatics, she meets another young girl her age who lives in the area... The film was backed by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, the Lithuanian Film Centre, the Programme Media, Eurimages and Sofica Cofinova.
Les Films d'Antoine, which just took on an additional producer, Marie Dubas, also bets on Le roi de la vallée by Olivier Ringer (with Belgian company Ring Productions) in post-production and just started the funding phase for the project N'oublie pas l'éléphant by Iliana Lolic with Louis-Do de Lencquesaing, Sylvie Testud and Pauline Etienne in the provisional cast. It is finally worth noting Débordement by Emily Deleuze in development, whose intrigue focuses on a hostage situation.
(Translated from French)
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