email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

CANNES 2006 Selections

Triumph for France 3 Cinéma

by 

With eight films chosen in the various sections of the Cannes Film Festival, starting this Wednesday France 3 Cinéma, the pre-sales and co-production arm of the French public broadcaster, has something to smile about.

The France 3 sales arm, headed by Isabelle Peyrefitte (whose term will soon end), is even offering itself the luxury of presenting five features in official competition: The Singer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Xavier Giannoli (a €800,000 investment, with €400,000 for co-production), Charlie Says [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Nicole Garcia (€1.55m, with €900,000 for pre-sales), Days of Glory [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile
]
by Rachid Bouchareb (€1.35m, with €1m for pre-sales), The Weakest is Always Right [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
by Belgian director Lucas Belvaux (€800,000 in total) and The Caiman [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jean Labadie
interview: Nanni Moretti
film profile
]
by Italy’s Nanni Moretti (€600,000, with €300,000 for co-production).

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

With an investment of €21.6m in 22 films in 2005, France 3 Cinéma will also be represented at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard sidebar by Jacques Fieschi’s French California [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
(€650,000) and Denis Dercourt’s La Tourneuse de pages [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Denis Dercourt
interview: Michel Saint-Jean
film profile
]
(€450,000).

Lastly, the Directors’ Fortnight will feature Azur et Asmar [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Michel Ocelot, which received €900,000 from France 3 as part of the group’s strategy to invest in animated films.

Projects supported in 2004/2005 included La Reine Soleil by Philippe Leclerc, U by Serge Elissalde, Persépolis by Marjane Satrapi, Tous à l’Ouest by Olivier Jean-Marie and Mia et le Migou by Jacques-Remy Girerd. These films are still in production and post-production.

(Translated from French)

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.