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Advance on receipts for Oscar winner


Advance on receipts for Oscar winner

Un jour peut-être (lit. “Maybe One Day”) by Jean Xavier de Lestrade, the 2002 Oscar winner for best documentary (Murder on a Sunday Morning), is among the five debut features to receive advance on receipts film funding, selected last week by the main commission of the National Film Centre (CNC). "In my last two documentaries I pushed reality close to fiction. I filmed the events as they happened but I always imagined what I was filming, in terms of framing and editing, as if it was fiction," the filmmaker told Cineuropa.

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The director’s inspiration for Un jour peut-être came from a true story that took place 15 years ago in the French countryside, about a 30 year-old man who was released after 14 years in prison and who became obsessed with a young girl. The screenplay was co-written with Gilles Taurand (who collaborated five times with André Téchiné, co-scripted The Last Mitterand and won the Best Screenplay Award at the 1997 Venice Film Festival for Dry Cleaning), will have an approximately €3m budget, and will be produced by the director’s company (Maha Productions), together with Philippe Carcassonne at Ciné B. Shooting is expected to start this autumn and last 42 days.

The two other fiction films to also be slated for funding are Dima Elhoor’s Chaque jour est une fête (lit. “Every Day’s a Party”), produced by Ciné-Sud Promotion, which follows the journey of three women on a bus to a prison in the Lebanese backwoods; and Naissance des pieuvres (lit. “Birth of the Octopus”) by Céline Sciamma (Balthazar Productions), a comedy about adolescence seen from girls’ point of view, in the style of Fucking Amal by Sweden’s Lukas Moodysson and La vie ne me fait pas peur by Noémie Lvovsky.

Two documentaries complete the list: Chasseur magnéto by Philippe Bordas (produced by La Chauve Souris) on a Malian’s attempt to preserve the 1,000 year-old memory of the Mandingo hunters, and A côté by Stéphane Mercurio (produced by Iscra), about several families visiting their incarcerated relatives far from their home, who meet in the community centres putting them up for the night.

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(Translated from French)

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