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Five features get CNC advances

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The last session of the CNC’s second advances on receipts committee has selected five feature projects by leading directors Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, François Dupeyron, Tony Gatlif, Bruno Podalydès and directing duo Pierre Trividic and Patrick Mario Bernard. Two documentaries – Jocelyne Lemaire Darnaud’s Sainte Ethique and Les arrivants by Patrice Chagnard and Claudine Bories – were also granted funding.

After the highly acclaimed Dancing in 2003, Trividic (2007 Cesar for Best Adaptation, Lady Chatterley [+see also:
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) and Bernard are expected to begin shooting in November on the fantastic thriller L’occupation, starring Dominique Blanc and Denmark’s Peter Bonke.

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Adapted from the eponymous novel by Annie Ernaux, the film charts the adventures of a woman who crosses the border of the unreal when she develops an obsessive jealousy for her ex’s new partner. Produced by Patrick Sobelman for Agat Films on a €3m budget, L’occupation has already received €486,000 from the Ile-de-France.

With Bancs publics, Versailles rive droite (to be produced by Why Not Productions) Podalydès will make the final in his trilogy after the short Versailles rive gauche (1993 Cesar) and Only God Sees Me, which went on to win the César for Best Feature Debut in 1999. The director then made Liberté-Oléron, The Mystery of the Yellow Room and Perfume of the Lady in Black [+see also:
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(see Focus).

Aide toi, le ciel t’aidera by Dupeyron (an ARP production, due to begin filming in August) will be the director’s eighth feature since 1988’s Strange Place for an Encounter. In the wake of Officer's Ward (in competition at Cannes 2001), Monsieur Ibrahim [+see also:
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(out-of-competition at Venice 2003 and Best Actor Cesar 2004 for Omar Sharif) and Inguélézi (in competition at San Sebastian 2004), Dupeyron tried in vain to set up a project on Arthur Rimbaud and stood in to help Claude Berri on Hunting and Gathering after Berri suffered depression following a brain trauma.

The last two advances on receipts of the session went to two Cannes regulars: Gatlif for Le fils du vent (Prince Production) and Belgium’s Dardenne brothers for Le silence de Lorna (a French co-production from Archipel 35). The project has already received backing from Eurimages (see news) and Arte France Cinéma (see news).

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(Translated from French)

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