Grégoire Colin to star in Black Garden, Blue Skies
by Fabien Lemercier
- The French actor is among the cast of Nora Martirosyan’s feature debut, staged by Sister Productions, which is currently being shot and is being sold by Indie Sales
On 20 August, French-Armenian filmmaker Nora Martirosyan kicked off the shoot for her feature debut, Black Garden, Blue Skies, in the Caucasus. Having turned heads with the short films Courant d’air ("Entre vues" Jury Prize at the Belfort International Film Festival in 2003), 1937 (awarded at FIDMarseille in 2008), Les complices and Ellipsis, the director has entrusted the lead role in her first feature to Grégoire Colin (nominated for the César Award for Most Promising Actor in 1993, winner of a Special Award at Locarno in 1996 for Nenette and Boni, popular in Beau Travail, The Dreamlife of Angels and, more recently, in Barbara [+see also:
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Written by Martirosyan herself together with novelist Emmanuelle Pagano, the story revolves around Alain, a French international auditor, who comes to assess the airport of a self-proclaimed republic in the Caucasus in order to give the green light for its reopening. A little boy from the local area, Edgar, roams around the airport, seemingly engaged in some bizarre transactions. The man and the child eventually cross paths…
Produced by Julie Paratian for French outfit Sister Productions, Black Garden, Blue Skies is being co-produced by Armenia’s Aneva Production and Belgium’s Kwassa Films. Having been pre-purchased by TV5 Monde, the feature has secured backing from the CNC’s advance on receipts, Eurimages, the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, the Wallonia-Brussels fund, the Occitanie region, the Procirep, the Hubert Bals Fund and KinoKentron (the Armenian national film centre). The movie has also received support from the Villa Medici, the Jerusalem Filmlab, Open Doors Locarno, the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation Atelier (where the project won the Arte International Award in 2014) and the Angers Workshops. In addition to winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Amiens Film Festival and the Beaumarchais Award at Cinemed in Montpellier, Black Garden, Blue Skies has also secured a grant from the Institut français.
The six-and-a-half-week shoot in the Caucasus will wrap on 3 October. The French release will be managed by Rouge Distribution and the international sales by Indie Sales.
As a reminder, Sister Productions has produced the documentaries Demons in Paradise [+see also:
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film profile] (revealed as part of the ACID programme on the Croisette in 2014), among other movies. It also has Her Job [+see also:
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(Translated from French)
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