CNC backs Bouchareb, Rappeneau and Kechiche
by Fabien Lemercier
An impressive selection of titles were chosen at the first 2009 session of the National Film Centre’s advances on receipts committee. Selected screenplays include those for forthcoming features by Rachid Bouchareb, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Abdellatif Kechiche, Jacques-Rémy Girerd, Mahamat-Saleh Haroun and Djamshed Usmonov.
This July, Bouchareb (London River [+see also:
film profile]) is set to start shooting Hors-la-loi (“Outlaw”). Looking at decolonisation, the film is a sort of sequel to Days of Glory [+see also:
interview: Jean Bréhat
interview: Rachid Bouchareb
film profile] (collective Best Actor Award at Cannes 2006).
Covering the period from the Sétif massacre in 1945 to the end of the Algerian War in 1962, the screenplay traces the destinies of three brothers in France and also tackles the Indochina War (1946-1954).
Produced by Tessalit Productions, the film is set to shoot in Germany, France, Tunisia, Algeria and New York (at the UN). The cast so far includes Sami Bouajila, Roschdy Zem and Bernard Blancan.
The CNC also granted an advance on receipts to Affaires étrangères (“Foreign Affairs”) by Rappeneau, whose last film was Bon Voyage [+see also:
film profile] (2003). Produced by Soudaine Compagnie, the new project by the director of Cyrano de Bergerac and The Horseman on the Roof may star Isabelle Carré and Catherine Frot.
Other selected screenplays include La Vénus Noire (“Black Venus”, see news) by Kechiche (The Secret of the Grain [+see also:
interview: Hafsia Herzi
film profile]), which is produced by MK2 and set to shoot in spring; and the animated project Auntie Hilda Versus Attilem by Girerd (Mia and the Migoo), an ecological fable about nature and the agro-food industry (Folimage Valence Production).
Further titles chosen at the first 2009 session are Un homme qui crie n’est pas un ours qui danse (“A Screaming Man Is Not a Dancing Bear”, which doesn’t yet have a producer) by France-based Chadian director Haroun (Dry Season [+see also:
film profile]); and Tajiki filmmaker Usmonov’s Le roman de ma femme (“My Wife’s Novel”), produced by Elzévir after his previous film To Get To Heaven First You Have To Die (which won acclaim in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes 2006).
(Translated from French)
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