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Pierre Schoeller’s Rembrandt receives a CNC advance on receipts

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- Sandrine Kiberlain and Mathieu Amalric star in the film supported by the French film centre, which is also backing Cédric Kahn, Jean-Bernard Marlin, Jeanne Herry, Claude Barras and Fabianny Deschamps

Pierre Schoeller’s Rembrandt receives a CNC advance on receipts
Actress Sandrine Kiberlain (© Mireille Ampilhac) and actor Mathieu Amalric (© Georges Biard)

Six  projects were selected during the final 2021 session of the CNC’s second (second and third feature films) and third (fourth and later feature films) advance on receipts committees.

Stealing focus among the lucky supported few from the third committee is Pierre Schoeller’s Rembrandt, which will be the director’s fourth feature film after Versailles [+see also:
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(discovered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2008 and nominated for the Best First Film and Best Actor Césars in 2009), The Minister [+see also:
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(likewise unveiled in the Un Certain Regard line-up in 2011 and the winner of the Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Role and Best Sound Césars in 2012, having received 11 nominations in all, notably in the Best Film and Best Director categories) and One Nation, One King [+see also:
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(screened out of competition in Venice in 2018 and awarded two César nominations in 2019). Written by the filmmaker and Anne-Louise Trividic in collaboration with Violette Garcia, the story revolves around a couple (set to be played by Sandrine Kiberlain and Mathieu Amalric) who are both research engineers with a background in nuclear energy. But everything changes when Claire is moved by the power, or rather the humility exuded, by three Rembrandt portraits… This film exploring transition and possession will be produced by Trésor Films.

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An advance on receipts is also winging its way to Je suis innocent parce que je suis innocent, which will be the 12th feature film by Cédric Kahn, who notably directed Bar des rails (gracing Venice’s Critics’ Week in 1991), Too Much Happiness (screened within Cannes’ Cinemas in France section in 1994), L'ennui (showcased in Venice’s Perspectives line-up and awarded the Louis Delluc Prize in 1998), Roberto Succo (in competition in Cannes in 2001), Red Lights (in competition in Berlin in 2004), A Better Life [+see also:
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(screened in Toronto in 2011), Wild Life [+see also:
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(scooping the Special Jury Prize in San Sebastian in 2014) and The Prayer [+see also:
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(awarded the Silver Bear for Best Actor in Berlin 2018). Written by the filmmaker alongside Nathalie Hertzberg, the film will be produced by Moonshaker Films and Tropdebonheur Produtions.

Another advance on receipts goes to Salem, the second feature by Jean-Bernard Marlin (a revelation at the 2018 Cannes Critics’ Week with Shéhérazade [+see also:
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, César Awards for Best First Film, Most Promising Actor and Most Promising Actress in 2019). The production is being overseen by Unité.

The CNC will also lend support to J’ai croisé le loup by Jeanne Herry, which will be the latter’s 3rd feature film after Elle l’adore [+see also:
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(nominated for 2015’s Best First Film César) and In Safe Hands [+see also:
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(which earned seven César nominations in 2019, notably within the Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay categories). Trésor Films and Chi-Fou-Mi Productions are heading up production.

An animated project has likewise been selected for an advance on receipts: Sauvages ! by Claude Barras. This will be the second feature film coming courtesy of the filmmaker revealed by way of My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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, which proved a huge hit at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight in 2016 and which was singled out for special attention on more than 50 subsequent occasions (earning itself an Oscar nomination, two Césars, two Lumière Awards, and one European Film Award, as well as the Crystal for Best Feature Film and the Audience Award at Annecy, to name just a few). Written by Claude Barras and Catherine Paillé alongside Canadian novelist Nancy Huston and comic book writer Morgan Navarro, the story (which was supported by Groupe Ouest during the writing phase – read our news) revolves around 11-year-old Kéria who lives with her father in the rural suburbs of the province of Sarawak, on the island of Borneo. She’s an urban little girl who likes stylish haircuts and hip-hop music. Kéria no longer remembers her mother who died when she was tiny, but her father told her that she was eaten by a panther... Production is in the hands of French firm Haut et Court in league with Swiss outfit Nadasdy Film and Belgium’s Panique !

Last but not least, an advance on receipts has also been earmarked for Fabianny Deschamps and her feature-length documentary Le bal des Gopi, which will be her 3rd feature film after New Territories [+see also:
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and Isola [+see also:
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(presented in Cannes’ ACID showcase in 2014 and 2017). The project is steered by Paraiso Production.

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(Translated from French)

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