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Les Films du Poisson wins IFCIC Award

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Created in 2004 and presented to a young independent production company by the Institute for Film and Cultural Industry Financing, the IFCIC Award for 2008 went to Les Films du Poisson. The company follows in the footsteps of previous prize-winners La Mouche du Coche (2007), Elia Films (2006), Les Productions du Trésor (2005) and TS Productions (2004).

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Headed by Yaël Fogiel and Laetitia Gonzalez, Les Films du Poisson produced Emmanuel Finkiel’s Tracks (2000 Cesar for Best Debut Film and Louis Delluc Award), Julie Bertucelli’s Since Otar Left (Grand Prize in Cannes Critics’ Week 2003 and Cesar for Best Debut Film in 2004) and Jellyfish [+see also:
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by Israeli directors Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen (Camera d’Or at Cannes 2007).

In 2009, Les Films du Poisson will be hoping for success with Czech director Bojena Horackova’s A l’Est de moi (“To the East of Me”), which will be launched by Bac Films on January 28. Flirting with documentary and fiction, the film combines two stories of illusion and disillusion: of a young Czech girl who arrives in France aged 17, hungry for freedom, and a second, more complex story about the situation of Eastern European countries today.

Europe is also at the heart of Finkiel’s narrative feature Nowhere Promised Land, which won the 2008 Jean Vigo Award and screened in competition at the latest Locarno Film Festival. The film’s release date has yet to be decided.

Films in post-production include the debut feature Les zones turquoises (“The Turquoise Areas”) by Jean-Christophe Klotz, who won acclaim in the 2006 Cannes Critics’ Week for his documentary Kigali, des images contre un massacre (“Kigali: Images Against a Massacre”). Les zones turquoises – which stars Jalil Lespert – looks at how a young journalist sent to Rwanda during the 1994 massacres becomes aware of the corrupt operations of the press.

Two of Les Films du Poisson’s projects are currently shooting: Emmanuel Salinger’s La Grande Vie (“The High Life”, see news) and Hadar Friedlich’s Hanna M, whose shoot will wrap up in Israel. Next spring, filming will kick off on Mathieu Amalric’s Tournée (“Tour”, co-produced by Arte France Cinéma).

Finally, Bertuccelli’s L'arbre du père (“The Father’s Tree”) – which is based on a novel by Judy Pascoe – is currently in the financing stage.

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(Translated from French)

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