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The CNC grants an advance on receipts to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers

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- The French film centre will also support films by Clément Cogitore, Baya Kasmi, Nicolas Philibert, Sophie Fillières, Sébastien Betbeder, Mathieu Vadepied and Dominique Abel & Fiona Gordon

The CNC grants an advance on receipts to Valeria Bruni Tedeschi’s Les Amandiers
Actress-director Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Eight projects were selected during the 5th and final 2020 session of the CNC’s second committee for pre-production advances on receipts. Stealing focus amongst these projects we find Les Amandiers, which will be the 5th fiction feature directed by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi following on from It’s Easier For A Camel [+see also:
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(the winner of the 2003 Louis Delluc Best First Film Award), The Summer House [+see also:
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(screened out of competition in Venice 2018) and two films previously selected for Cannes: Actresses [+see also:
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(gracing the Un Certain Regard section in 2007) and A Castle in Italy [+see also:
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(in competition in 2013). Her new work will plunge us back into the universe of the Nanterre-Amandiers Theatre, as helmed by Patrice Chéreau at the beginning of the 1990s, training young actors at the time of AIDS and generalised crisis. Production is in the hands of Ad Vitam and Agat Films.

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An advance on receipts has also been granted to La Goutte d’Or, which will be the second fiction feature film to come courtesy of Clément Cogitore who was the great revelation of Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2015 through his work The Wakhan Front [+see also:
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. Written by the director together with Camille Lugan, the screenplay stars a medium as its protagonist, supposedly played by Karim Leklou. The project is steered by Kazak Productions.

The CNC will similarly support Youssef Salem a du succès, the second full-length film directed by Baya Kasmi following on from I’m All Yours [+see also:
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(2015). For the record, the filmmaker previously walked away with 2011’s Best Original Screenplay César for The Names of Love [+see also:
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and was nominated in the same category the following year for Hippocrates [+see also:
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. Production of her latest opus will be overseen by Domino Films.

A full-length documentary project likewise graces the list of the lucky few, namely Sur l’Adaman by the very well-known Nicolas Philibert who notably directed To Be and To Have (nominated for 2003’s Best Film César), Back to Normandie [+see also:
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(Special Screening in Cannes 2007), Nénette [+see also:
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(Berlinale Forum 2010), La Maison de la radio [+see also:
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(Berlin’s 2013 Panorama Dokumente) and Each and Every Moment [+see also:
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(screened out of competition in Locarno 2018).

An advance has also been pledged to Ma vie ma gueule, which will mark Sophie Fillières’ 7th feature film after Ouch (screened out of competition in Locarno 2000), Nice Girl (gracing Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema line-up in 2005), Pardon My French [+see also:
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(appearing in the Berlinale Forum in 2009) and If You Don’t, I Will [+see also:
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(selected for the Berlinale’s Panorama section in 2014), to name a few. Production is in the hands of Christmas in July.

Tirailleurs will also find itself on the receiving end of the CNC’s support. This second feature film directed by Mathieu Vadepied, following on from Learn By Heart [+see also:
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(the closing film of Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2015), will be produced by Unité.

Another project shining bright among the CNC’s selected works is Les braves, which will be the 8th feature film put forth by Sébastien Betbeder, a director discovered in Locarno back in 2007 via Nuage who was then selected for Toronto in 2012 thanks to Nights With Theodore [+see also:
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, and again in 2018 with Ulysses & Mona [+see also:
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, and who also spent time in Cannes’ ACID showcase in 2013 and 2016 wielding 2 Autumns 3 Winters [+see also:
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and Journey To Greenland [+see also:
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respectively. The project is steered by Envie de Tempête Productions.

Last but not least, the CNC will also lend its support to L’Étoile filante, which will be the 5th feature film offered up by the duo composed of Dominique Abel and Fiona Gordon, following on from L’Iceberg [+see also:
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(discovered in San Sebastian’s New Directors line-up in 2005), Rumba [+see also:
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(Cannes’ Critics’ Week 2008), The Fairy [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2011) and Lost in Paris [+see also:
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(2016). The story unfolds in modern-day Brussels where bartender Boris has been living illegally for 35 years, following his involvement in a terrorist attack gone wrong. His past drifts back up to the surface when a victim tracks him down and decides to take revenge. The appearance of Dom, a depressive man who’s also the mirror image of Boris, provides the ex-activist with the perfect means to evade justice. Boris and his wife Kayoko weave a fatal web around Dom, helped by their doorman Tim. But unbeknownst to them, Dom has an ex-wife, Fiona, who just happens to be a private detective… Production is in the hands of French firm Moteur S’il Vous Plaît Production and Belgian group Courage mon amour.

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