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Tout le monde m’appelle Mike receives funding from the Gan Foundation

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- Guillaume Bonnier's project is one of the films to be selected in 2018, along with projects by Rachel Lang, Romain de Saint-Blanquat, Vincent Le Port and Patrick Imbert

Tout le monde m’appelle Mike receives funding from the Gan Foundation
Guillaume Bonnier (right) receives his prize on stage, in the presence of Christophe Honoré (© Régis d'Audeville)

The Gan Foundation for Cinema, which has supported first and second feature films for over 30 years, has unveiled the list of the five projects selected in 2018 to receive funding. Among them is Tout le monde m’appelle Mike (lit. Everyone Calls Me Mike), which is the first feature by the director Guillaume Bonnier, who has worked as a first assistant on twenty films (directed by the likes of Philippe Garrel, Xavier Beauvois, Bruno Podalydès, Patrice Chéreau, Rachid Bouchareb, Hiner Saleem, etc.). The director wrote the film’s screenplay himself, with filming due to take place in Guadeloupe and Djibouti in early 2019 and a cast starring Abderissaak Mohamed, Damien Chapelle and Anaïs Demoustier. The film kicks off with three main characters: Thibault, Isabelle and their son, Jérémie. On board their sailboat, far from their home country, they're giving themselves a fresh start. They are happy. But Thibault is worried. The Gulf of Aden is watched over by Somali pirates and heading there alone could be dangerous. In Djibouti, he meets Mike, a young man he knows nothing about. Convinced that he can trust him, he invites him aboard. And three soon becomes four... The project is a co-production managed by Cédric Walter for Spectre Production with with Indie Prod (Éric Névé) and an advance on earnings from the CNC. The film's French distribution is being handled by Rezo Films.

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The Gan Foundation’s selection also includes Mon légionnaire by Rachel Lang (read the article here – produced by Jérémy Forni for Chevaldeuxtrois), Bruno Reidal by Vincent Le Port (news - produced by Thierry Lounas for Capricci Production) and La morsure by Romain de Saint-Blanquat (produced by Marc-Benoît Créancier for Easy Tiger).

This year’s special prize was awarded to Patrick Imbert's Le Sommet des dieux (produced by Jean-Charles Ostorero for Julianne Films and by Didier Brunner for Folivari – read the interview and news article).

Since its creation, the Gan Foundation for Cinema has supported more than 190 directors (with films having won 35 César Awards, 20 awards at Cannes and 450 awards worldwide). Among the other films to receive support in recent years are Jean-Bernard Marlin's Shéhérazade [+see also:
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, the Irish director Benedikt Erlingsson's A Woman at War , Meryem Benm'Barek's Sofia [+see also:
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, Hubert Charuel's Bloody Milk [+see also:
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, Until The Birds Return [+see also:
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by Karim Moussaoui, Divines [+see also:
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by Houda Benyamina, My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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by Claude Barras andThe Red Turtle [+see also:
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by Michaël Dudok de Wit. Upcoming titles include David Perrault's L'État sauvage (article), Les Particules by Blaise Harrison (news), Tremors [+see also:
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by Jayro Bustamante and the animated film The Bear's Famous Invasion [+see also:
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by the Italian director Lorenzo Mattotti.

(Translated from French)

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