21 films on the Croisette supported by the CNC
Six features chosen for the Official Competition, four out of competition, two in Un Certain Regard, six in the Director’s Fortnight and three in the international Critic’s Week: in total 21 films on show at the 58th Cannes Film Festival (11-22 May) have benefited from financial production backing awarded by the National Centre for Cinematography (CNC). The combined total includes various forms of aid, reinforcing, according to the CNC, “France’s commitment to cultural diversity and its openness towards World Cinema”.
In the top section, the Official Competition, the three French productions on show benefited from Advance on receipt before principal photography of (€400,000 for Lemming [+see also:
film profile] by Dominik Moll, €350,000 for Hidden by Michaël Haneke, €420,000 for To paint or make love [+see also:
interview: Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu
interview: Philippe Martin
film profile] by Arnaud et Jean-Marie Larrieu), and the Belgian-French co-production The child [+see also:
interview: Luc & Jean-Pierre Dardenne
film profile] by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne was given €280,000. Elsewhere two other selected films were awarded €130,000 each from the Southern Fund (Fonds Sud): Kilometre Zero [+see also:
film profile] by Iraqui Hiner Saleem and Battala in cielo [+see also:
interview: Carlos Reygadas
interview: Jean Labadie
film profile] from Mexican Carlos Reygadas.
Out of competition, four productions won financial support from the CNC. Merry Christmas [+see also:
interview: Christian Carion
interview: Christophe Rossignon
film profile] by Christian Carion received an advance before principal photography of €270,000, to which was added aid from a French-German agreement. The Advance on receipts also gave €380,000 to This is not exactly the life I dreamed of by Michel Piccoli and €150,000 to For just one of my eyes [+see also:
film profile] by Avi Mograbi, while the Southern Fund helped The artists from the burnt theatre by Cambodian Rithy Panh.
As for Un Certain Regard, Get Up and Walk by
Burkinabese Pierre Yameogo and Abandoned Earth by Sri Lankan
Vimukthi Jayasundara (€130,000) benefited from the support of the Southern Fund, while three films presented at the Critic's Week gained from Advance On Receipts, before principal photography, a total of: €470,000 for Orlando Vargas by Juan
Pittaluga, €380,000 for Little Jerusalem by Karin Albou and €420,000 for The invisibles by Thierry Jousse. Finally, four French films appearing in the Director’s Fortnight also gained in Advance On Receipts: Hide and seek [+see also:
film profile] by Yves Caumon (€450,000), The moustache by Emmanuel Carrère (€410,000), Cold showers [+see also:
film profile] by Anthony Cordier (€420,000) and We know when the work starts by Brigitte Rouän (€380,000), Seven invisible men by Lithuanian Sharunas Bartas benefited from special Aid For Foreign Language Films and Geminis by Argentinean Albertina Carri with a total of €110,000 from the Southern Fund.
(Translated from French)
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