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The CNC awards an advance on receipts to Toutes pour une by Houda Benyamina

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- The French institution will also throw its weight behind movies by Arnaud Desplechin, Lucie Borleteau, Virgil Vernier, Rabah Ameur Zaimeche, Kim Chapiron and Roland Edzard, as well as five first films

The CNC awards an advance on receipts to Toutes pour une by Houda Benyamina
Director Houda Benyamina

Seven projects have been selected in the second 2021 session of the CNC’s second advance on receipts committee.

Stealing focus among them is Toutes pour une by Houda Benyamina, which is the director’s second feature film on the heels of Divines [+see also:
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(awarded the Caméra d’Or in Cannes 2016, as well as three Césars – including Best First Film – and two Lumières trophies in 2017). This Easy Tiger and Haut et Court production will be a swashbuckling film with a distinctly female flavour.

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An advance on receipts has also been promised to Arnaud Desplechin’s Frère et sœur (starring Marion Cotillard and Melvil Poupaud; a Why Not production already backed by Arte France Cinéma – read our news).

Likewise appearing on the list of the lucky few is Century Island, which will be Virgil Vernier’s 3rd feature after Mercuriales [+see also:
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(selected for Cannes’ ACID line-up in 2014) and Sophia Antipolis [+see also:
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(screened in Locarno’s Filmmakers of the Present section in 2018). Co-written by Benjamin Klintoe, the movie will be produced by Petit Film.

The institution will also be lending its support to Lucie Borleteau’s À mon seul désir, which will be her 3rd feature film after Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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(selected for competition in Locarno in 2014 and nominated for the Best First Film César in 2015) and Perfect Nanny [+see also:
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(which earned itself Best Actress nominations at the 2020 César and Lumières Awards). Production of the movie is entrusted to Apsara Films.

An advance on receipts has also been granted to Le gang des bois du temple by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, a Sarrazink production which will be the filmmaker’s 7th feature film after Back Home [+see also:
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(Un Certain Regard 2006), Dernier Maquis [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2008), Smugglers’ Songs [+see also:
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(in competition in Locarno 2011), The Story of Judas [+see also:
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(selected for the Berlinale Forum and Toronto in 2015) and South Terminal [+see also:
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(in competition in Locarno 2019), to name a few.

Likewise featuring among the selected works is Kim Chapiron’s Le jeune imam, the director’s 4th full-length movie following Sheitan [+see also:
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(2006), Dog Pound [+see also:
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(2010) and Smart Ass [+see also:
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(which scooped two nominations at the 2015 Lumières Awards). The film’s production is steered by SRAB Films.

Last but not least, an advance on receipts will be winging its way to the documentary project Araki, de soif et d’or by Roland Edzard (revealed in the 2011 Directors’ Fortnight via his fiction feature The End of Silence [+see also:
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), which is overseen by Geko Films.

For the record, five first feature film projects were selected in the CNC’s first advance on receipts committee: Parmi nous by Sofia Alaoui (who nabbed the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2020 and the 2021 César for Best Short thanks to So What If the Goats Die), which will be produced by Wrong Films, Le Médium by Manu Laskar (Les Films du Bélier), La Baleine by Sylvère Petit (Les Films d’Ici Méditerranée), Pollux by Michaël Dichter (Les Films Norfolk and Rectangle) and Paula by Angela Terrail (Kidam).

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(Translated from French)

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