Clément Cogitore’s La Goutte d’Or triumphs at France's Prix du scénario
- The filmmaker’s second fiction feature, which will begin filming in June, has won the Grand Prix. Les clés de Jade by Jeanne Aslan and Paul Saintillan won a Special Mention
A revelation of the 2015 Cannes Critics’ Week with his feature debut The Wakhan Front [+see also:
film profile], Clément Cogitore has won with La Goutte d’Or the Grand Prix of the 34th Prix du scénario, organised by the Hildegarde group with the support of the CNC, of the David Hadida Foundation and of France Culture among others.
Written by the director, the script of La Goutte d’Or centres on Ramsès (who will be played by Karim Leklou – nominated for the 2019 César 2019 for Most Promising Actor for The World Is Yours [+see also:
interview: Romain Gavras
film profile]) who works as a fortune teller in the Goutte d'Or neighbourhood in Paris. A cunning manipulator and a bit of a poet, he has set up a solid little enterprise specialised in consolation. The arrival of children coming from the streets of Tangier will disturb the equilibrium of his business and of the neighbourhood. Until the day he has a real vision… The film, which will begin filming in early June, is produced by Jean-Christophe Reymond for Kazak Productions and co-produced by France 2 Cinéma. Also pre-bought by Canal+ and OCS, the feature film benefits from the support of the advance on receipts from the CNC and of the Île-de-France and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions. French distribution will be handled by Diaphana and international sales by mk2.
Les clés de Jade, which will be the first feature film directed by Jeanne Aslan and Paul Saintillan, won a Special Mention. Written by the duo of filmmakers in collaboration with Agnès Feuvre, the script centres on a young woman looking to escape from the chaotic atmosphere of her family and who sneaks into the home of a friend who has gone on holiday. But in the beautiful flat which she believed to be empty, she bumps into her friend’s older brother. He will appear understanding. Between them begins a seemingly friendly relationship… Heading the cast are Céleste Brunnquell (nominated in 2020 for the Most Promising Actress César award and for the Revelation Lumières award for The Dazzles [+see also:
film profile] ; well received recently in the series En Thérapie) and Quentin Dolmaire (nominated for the same awards in 2016 for My Golden Days [+see also:
film profile]). Produced by Antoine Delahousse and Thomas Jaeger for Haïku Films, pre-bought by Ciné+ and supported by the Grand Est region, the Métropole du Grand Nancy and Cinécapital among others, the feature film will start filming in early June and will be distributed in France by New Story.
For the record, the 2020 Grand Prix had gone to Rachid Hami for his project Pour la France, which should also begin filming this summer.
(Translated from French)
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