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Les grandes personnes gets advances on receipts

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One of the films by first-time directors selected at the latest CNC advances on receipts committee is French/Swedish co-production Les grandes personnes (lit. “Adults”) by Anna Novion.

Starring Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Anaïs Dumoustier (The Year After [+see also:
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), Judith Henry and Lia Boysen (2007 Guldbagge for Best Supporting Actress), the film will shoot for five weeks starting from July 23 on the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago.

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Scripted by the director, the story follows a father (Darroussin) who each year brings his daughter (Dumoustier) on a holiday to celebrate her birthday. This year the destination is Sweden. However, all does not go as planned when a misunderstanding about the holiday accommodation makes it necessary for the father and daughter to stay with the owner of the house (Boysen) and his French friend (Henry).

Of a French father (cinematographer Pierre Novion, who collaborated with Eric Rochant and will work on Les grandes personnes) and Swedish mother, 27 year-old Novion has made three shorts that include On prend pas la mer quand on la connaît pas (2005), produced by Christie Molia for Moteur S'il Vous Plait Production, who will also be producing Les grandes personnes.

A 70% French production, the film is co-produced by Sweden (via Olivier Guerpillon for DFM Fiktion). This is only the second joint production between the two countries after a 20-year drought that ended last year with Philippe Ramos’ Capitaine Achab (see news).

The CNC is also in the process of re-examining the terms of this long-dated co-production agreement in order to decrease the required Swedish production share.

Les grandes personnes has been pre-sold to TPS Star and supported by Film i Väst (see news).

It will be released in France in the second half of 2008 through Memento Films, which is also handling international sales.

The CNC also granted advances on receipts to Albert Pereira Lazaro and Emmanuel Klotz’s animated film Les Lascars (Millimages), Emmanuel Saget’s Les grands s’allongent par terre (Les Films Pelléas), Philippe van Leeuw’s La vacillance (a co-production by Films du Mogho and Nord-Ouest Production), Biljana Tutorov’s Cargo (La Compagnie des Lamas) and Christine Dory’s Circuit fermé (Pierre Grise Productions).

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(Translated from French)

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