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Ile de France supports Alain Corneau’s Second Wind


The Ile de France region support fund has decided for its third and last annual session of 2006 to offer total funding of €3.5m to eight cinema projects and eight television films.

The region has generously allocated €500,000 in cinema funding to Second Wind (Le deuxième souffle) by Alain Corneau, a project Cineuropa wrote on last year (see news October 13, 2005). The feature – which will begin shooting in mid-October for 71 days (60 of which in the Ile de France) brings together Daniel Auteuil, Monica Bellucci, Michel Blanc, Jacques Dutronc, Gilbert Melki and Eric Cantona – is a loose remake of a 1966 cult film by Jean-Pierre Melville.

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The €22.74m production from Michèle and Laurent Pétin (ARP) has been pre-sold to Canal + for €3.4m, TF1 (€3.3m) and CinéCinéma for around €400,000. Warner France has acquired theatrical and video distribution rights for €3.8m and Wild Bunch are handling international sales, which will start at the American Film Market.

The films selected by the Ile de France region are: Darling by Christine Carrière (Rectangle Productions, €230,000 in funding), which is currently shooting on the Cherbourg peninsula and stars Marina Fois and Guillaume Canet; Cortex by Nicolas Boukhrief (Les Films du Worso, €427,000, see news September 18, 2006) and La France by Serge Bozon (Les Films Pelléas, €320,000, see article September 13, 2006).

Other beneficiaries include Un coeur simple (lit. “A Simple Heart”) by Marion Laine, starring Sandrine Bonnaire (BC Films, €320,000); Jusqu’à la lune et partout sur la terre (lit. “As Far as the Moon and Everywhere on Earth”) by Stéphane Robelin (Les productions de la butte Montmartre, €450,000), starring Jeanne Moreau and Jean Rochefort; French/US production Phantasmagoria: The Vision of Lewis Caroll, directed by and starring Marilyn Manson (L Films, €373,000); and the documentary Junior by Jean-Pierre Duret and Andrea Santana (Ex Nihilo, €80,000).

Funded television projects include features by William Karel (Poisson d’avril, lit. “April Fool”), Siegfried Alnoy (Nos familles) and Laurent Heynemann (René Bousquet).

(Translated from French)

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