The CNC supports Yolande Moreau’s Henri
by Fabien Lemercier
31/05/2012 - Six feature film projects have been chosen for the second 2012 session of the second advance on receipts committee of the National Film and Moving Image Centre (CNC). Standing out amongst these is Yolande Moreau’s Henri, the actress’ second feature film after her sensational debut beind the camera with Quand la mer monte (co-directed with Gilles Porte) which had won the César for Best First Film and Best Actress in 2005, as well as the Louis-Delluc Award in 2004 for Best First Film.
Produced by Julie Salvador for Christmas in July (which recently co-produced Cannes competitor You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet [trailer]), Henri, the shooting of which will start in the autumn, will be set in the North of France and have Henri as its main character, a fifty-something pigeon fancier who owns a popular brasserie and doesn’t have many more expectations in life. When his wife suddenly dies, a young disabled girl comes to help him at the brasserie. Her name is Rosette. Little by little they form a tender and affectionate relationship, through which each of them, having both suffered for too long, find a new meaning to life. It’s worth noting that this time Moreau will not play the lead role in her film.
Promises of advance on receipts have also been made to Jean-Luc Godard’s Adieu au langage (production Wild Bunch), Mahamat Saleh-Haroun’s Grisgris (Jury’s Prize at Cannes in 2010 with A Screaming Man [trailer]) on which shooting will start in the autumn (production Pili Films, co-production by Belgium’s Break of Dawn and Chad) and to the documentary project Le dernier des injustes by Claude Lanzmann (production Synedoche and Le Pacte, co-production by Austria’s Dor Film) which will be set on the Theresienstadt concentration camp.
The CNC will also be supporting Simon by the Eric Martin - Emmanuel Caussé duo (3B Productions) who made No Pasaran in 2009. And an advance on receipt has also been awarded to La parabole de Zizou by Tunisia’s Férid Boughedir (production Marsa Films) who hadn’t worked in film since A Summer in La Goulette (screened at the Berlinale 1996).
(Translated from French)