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Arte France Cinéma supports Hlynur Pálmason's On Land and Sea

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- The Icelandic filmmaker's next film will be co-produced by the French-German broadcaster, alongside new projects from Bi Gan, Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, Laura Samani and Chie Hayakawa

Arte France Cinéma supports Hlynur Pálmason's On Land and Sea
Director Hlynur Palmason (© Hildur Ýr Ómarsdóttir)

The 1st selection committee of 2024 for Arte France Cinéma (headed by Olivier Père) has chosen to become involved in co-producing and pre-buying on six projects. Standing out among them is On Land and Sea, which will be the 4th feature film from Icelandic director Hlynur Pálmason after Winter Brothers [+see also:
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(awarded in competition in Locarno in 2017), A White, White Day [+see also:
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(Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2019) and Godland [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard in Cannes in 2022). Produced by Maneki Films (France), Snowglobe (Denmark) and Still Vivid (Iceland), the film — which will be shooting in the fall —  will follow the life of a family which, at the turn of the 19th century, transforms its house into a raft and goes looking for a new place to live.

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Arte France Cinéma will also support Résurrection, the 3rd feature film from Chinese director Bi Gan, who was very well received in Locarno in 2015 with Kaili Blues (winner of the award for Best Emerging Director) and in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard in 2018 with Long Day's Journey Into Night [+see also:
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. The script centres on a woman who is thrown into a post apocalyptic future where she will attempt to repair a part-robot, part-human man… The production of the film — set to begin filming imminently — is handled by CG Cinéma (France) and Dangmai Films (China), Les Films du Losange taking care of international sales.

Arte France Cinéma will also co-produced La vie d'une femme, the second feature film from French director Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet after Anaïs in Love [+see also:
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(Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2021). The film will paint the portrait of Gabrielle (who will be played by Léa Drucker). She has no children. She is head of a surgical department in Paris. She loves her husband. She is tired of her lover. Her mother’s Alzheimer is getting worse. Public hospitals are in crisis. Her most cherished friend is struggling. The novelist who has come to watch her work to research a book is taking more and more space in her life. Nothing is easy, but Gabrielle is not the type to let things get her down. Gabrielle has decided to be happy… Produced by Les Films Pelléas, the feature film will begin filming soon in France and in Japan, and will be sold internationally by Be For Films.

Two other sophomore feature films are among the happy few selected by Arte France Cinéma: Un anno di scuola by Italian director Laura Samani (Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2021 with Small Body [+see also:
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) with Tomsa Films (France) and Nefertiti Film (Italy) in charge of production, and Renoir by Japanese filmmaker Chie Hayakawa (Caméra d'or Special Mention in Cannes in 2022 with Plan 75 [+see also:
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) which is steered by France’s Ici et là Productions and Panoranime, Japan’s Loaded Films, Happinet Phantom Studios and Dongyu, and Singapore’s Akanga Film Asia.

Finally, Arte France Cinéma will also support a debut feature film: Les Clochettes de Kaboul by Afghan filmmaker Chabname Zariab, starring Golshifteh Farahani. The film, which will begin production in September, is produced by Alta Rocca Films (France), Starhaus Filmproduktion (Germany) and Versus Production (Belgium).

For the record, Arte France Cinéma is also supporting the upcoming films from Andrea Arnold, Joachim Trier, Tarik Saleh, Kaouther Ben Hania, Albert Serra, Nadav Lapid, Miguel Gomes, Walter Salles, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Dea Kulumbegashvili, Alain Guiraudie, Emmanuel Mouret, Fernando Trueba, Thierry de Peretti, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Patricia Mazuy, Hafsia Herzi, Emmanuel Finkiel, Gaël Morel, Bruno Podalydès, Justyna Tafel, Payal Kapadia, Diego Céspedes, Gints Zilbalodis, Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu, Francesca Comencini, Karim Moussaoui, Mareike Engelhardt, Momoko Seto, Jérémy Comte, Jonathan Millet, Louise Hémon and from the pairs Romain Renard - Fursy Teyssier and Caroline Poggi - Jonathan Vinel.

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(Translated from French)

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