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FUNDING France

Ile de France supports Alain Corneau’s Second Wind

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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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