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Ile-de-France backs Jeunet, Carion and Costa-Gavras

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Eight film projects are included in the first 2008 selection by the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund for Technical Film and Audiovisual Industries, amounting to a total of €2.78m in subsidies, to be ratified on Thursday by the vote of the regional council.

The enticing list includes forthcoming films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Christian Carion, Costa-Gavras and Cédric Kahn.

The Ile-de-France region will grant €490,000 to Jeunet’s Micmacs à tire-larigot (“Playing Games to your Heart’s Content”, see news), an Epithète Films production that will probably star Dany Boon (Welcome to the Land of Shtis) after Jamel Debbouze withdrew from the project.

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Carion’s Farewell (see news) will obtain €430,000 in financial backing. Starring Guillaume Canet and Romanian actress Alexandra-Maria Lara (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days [+see also:
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), this thriller produced by Nord-Ouest Productions will start shooting in mid-April.

A sum of €320,000 will be granted to Costa-GavrasEden Is West (see news), starring young Italian actor Riccardo Scamarcio (KG Productions).

Antoine de CaunesColuche is set to receive €490,000. Produced by Cipango in co-production with Studio 37 and France 2 Cinéma, this film will look at how France’s then-favourite comic (played by François-Xavier Demaison) tried to launch himself as a candidate for the 1981 presidential elections. The cast also includes Léa Drucker, Denis Podalydès and Olivier Gourmet.

The Ile-de-France region also selected Kahn’s Les regrets (“Regrets”, produced by Maïa Cinéma and Les Films du Lendemain), which is set to obtain €260,000 in backing. Shooting will begin at the end of April and the film will star Yvan Attal and Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi.

Chosen titles also include Sophie FillièresUn chat est un chat (“A Cat is a Cat”, Pierre grise Productions) which can expect to receive €420,000 in financial support.

Other selected films include a debut feature (Frédéric Pelle’s Partir - production Bianca Films) and Danièle Incalcaterra’s documentary El Impenetrable (TS Productions), which will receive €300,000 and €70,000 respectively.

This first annual session of the Ile-de-France Regional Support Fund selected a further five audiovisual projects (three documentaries and two narrative works) for which a total of €820,000 is earmarked.

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(Translated from French)

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