Collardey’s Little Lion gets advance on receipts
by Fabien Lemercier
03/11/2011 - Winner of the Venice Critics’ Week Award and the Louis-Delluc Prize for Best Debut Film in 2008 with The Apprentice [trailer], Samuel Collardey is currently shooting his second feature Little Lion, which is among the seven projects selected at the latest session of the second advance on receipts committee of the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC).
Penned by the director, the screenplay, inspired by a news item, traces the misadventures of Senegalese teenager Mitri, who is a gifted footballer. Catapulted to France by a corrupt agent, he finds himself abandoned there without a penny.
After various incidents, he meets the coach of the small Sainte-Suzanne football club (played by Marc Barbé, seen recently at Venice in Almayer’s Folly [trailer]), a former professional at Sochaux who has also had a difficult career after getting his fingers burnt in the success of a promising debut. The two characters will tame each other and offer mutual help despite their cultural and social differences.
Little Lion is produced by Lazennec 3 and co-produced by Arte France Cinéma. Pyramide handles the local distribution and the international sales. Its five-week shoot in the Franche-Comté region kicked off at the beginning of October.
The CNC also made the pledge of an advance on receipts to Apaches, the second feature by Nassim Amaouche after Goodbye Gary [trailer] (Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes 2009). Produced by Les Films A4, the title is expected to start shooting in spring 2012.
The pledge of an advance on receipts has also been made to Jean-Paul Civeyrac’s Victoria (produced by Les Films Pelléas), the eighth feature by the director who was selected in the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2010 with his previous work Young Girls in Black [trailer].
The CNC has also selected L’astragale by Brigitte Sy (Mezzanine Films), who attracted attention in this year’s Berlinale Forum with her debut feature Free Hands [trailer]; Sandrine Veysset’s L’histoire d’une Mère (“The Story of a Mother”, La Huit Production); Pascal Bonitzer’s Cherchez Hortense (starring Jean-Pierre Bacri, Kristin Scott-Thomas and Isabelle Carré – see news - SBS Films); and Carmen Castillo’s documentary project On est Vivants (“We’re Alive”, Les Films d'Ici).
(Translated from French)