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The CNC grants an advance on receipts to Elias Belkeddar’s L'oiseau rebelle

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- The French institution will also lend its support to feature debuts from Marie Remond, Basile Carre-Agostini and Loup Bureau

The CNC grants an advance on receipts to Elias Belkeddar’s L'oiseau rebelle
Director Elias Belkeddar

Four feature debut projects were selected at the 1st 2020 session of the CNC’s first advance on receipts committee. Standing out among them is L'oiseau rebelle (working title) by Elias Belkeddar, well received for his short films Todo si puede (awarded in 2014 in Clermont-Ferrand) and Un jour de mariage (winner of the Canal+ title in Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2018). Selected with this project (which at the time had a different title) in the 5th promotion of the Next Step programme of the Critics’ Week, the director has written the script of L’oiseau rebelle with Jérôme Pierrat (already his writing partner on Un jour de mariage). The story centres on Omar, a 50-something French gangster wandering the streets of Algiers, in exile, far from France. His daily life is laced with small-time rackets but melancholy is always around the corner, pushing him to spend his nights in local dives. Much to the dismay of Zohra, who’d like him to settle down and start a family with her. Upon catching up with his old mates Charlot and Rico, who are now dealing with young crooks, the penny drops: he's a has-been. One night, as he decides to drown his sorrow in alcohol, he meets young Momo and his crew trying to rob the patrons. Omar then takes these youths under his wing. They're going to take on the streets of Algiers. But the criminal underworld is filled with danger and death… A tale with the airs of an existential wandering in an Algeria where both the flavours of the past and great modernity reign, treated in a genre style with references ranging from Sergio Leone to Takeshi Kitano. Production is handled by Iconoclast Films.

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An advance on receipts has also been granted to Les Chèvres aussi s’évanouissent by Marie Remond, actress and theatre director who was recognised in 2015 with a Best Newcomer Molière award and was well received last year with her creation Le Voyage de G. Mastorna (based on a film project by Federico Fellini that was never made) and her direction of Cataract Valley based on a Jane Bowles novel. For her first feature as a filmmaker, Marie Rémond has written together with Sophie Glaas and Raphaële Moussafir a script centred on 35-year-old Jeanne, who tries to get out of a toxic relationship just as she finds herself directing a play for the first time. In order to succeed, she will have to face her own disruptive behaviour: violent panic attacks… Production is handled by Chapka Films and Super 8 Production.

The CNC will also support the documentary A demain mon amour by Basile Carre-Agostini. Already supported by the Ile-de-France region, by a “Brouillon d’un rêve” grant from the SCAM, by the support for music from the SACEM and by the Procirep-Angoa, the film will follow Monique and Michel, sociologists from the high bourgeoisie who spend a lot of time on their flowered pavillion in the Paris banlieue. They’ve loved each other for more than 50 years, have a good pension and each have savings of their own. But because they’re a little crazy and sensitive to injustice, they decide to stand up to the French president, and to the whole capitalist system while they’re at it… Production is handled by Frédéric Dubreuil for Envie de Tempête Productions.

Finally, an advance on receipts will go to Tranchées by Loup Bureau (produced by Unité de Production). This will be a first foray into cinema for the French photojournalist who was arrested at the Turkish border in July 2017, threatened with 25 years of jail on suspicions of complicity with Kurdish terrorists, then suddenly released a month and a half later, and told his story in the book Chroniques d'un prisonnier.

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(Translated from French)

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