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BERLINALE 2006 France

Co-production: Caro, de Van and Muyl on the slate

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The projectors were cranked up today in Berlin for four French films, which screened as part of the CRC (Capital Regions for Cinema), the European network created last year by the Ile-de-France Film Commission, the Lazio Film Commission, the Madrid Film Commission and the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg. Organised in association with the Berlin Co-Production Market, this meeting, with a selection of 16 projects from four associated countries, provides an opportunity to hear pitches for the next features from Marc Caro, Marina de Van, Philippe Muyl and Hou Hsiao-Hsien, four French productions in search of European partners.

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Co-director of Delicatessen and City Of Lost Children with Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro is preparing Dante XXI, a fantasy feature based on a screenplay he co-wrote with novelist Pierre Bordage (Red Siren, Babylone babies [+see also:
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), to be produced by Eskwad and Wild Bunch, who will also handle international sales. For her part, Marina de Van, who stood out in 2002 with In My Skin [+see also:
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, has developed Ne te retourne pas (lit. "Don’t Turn Back"), for which shooting should start before summer 2006, with Emmanuelle Devos and Béatrice Dalle in the principal roles. Produced by Agat Films & Cie and Ex Nihilo, the film recounts the strange physical transformation of a woman who turns into someone else. Philippe Muyl, who enjoyed great success at the 2003 French box with office The Butterfly should begin shooting in August on Magique, a musical comedy produced by Pan Européenne. Lastly, following Three Times, which appeared in competition at Cannes last year, Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien is preparing Orsay, a French production from Margo Films, giving an international feel to the slate of projects selected by the Ile-de-France Film Commission.

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(Translated from French)

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