Zombi Child by Bertrand Bonello is selected by Arte France Cinéma
by Fabien Lemercier
- The new film by Lav Diaz and the first feature films by Vincent Le Port and Chen Bo Yilin are due to be co-produced by the Franco-German channel
The fourth 2018 Arte France Cinéma selection committee (chaired by Olivier Père) chose to co-produce and pre-purchase four projects. Among them is Zombi Child by Bertrand Bonello, which will be thefilmmaker'sseventhfeature film after The Pornographer (Critics' Week at Toronto 2001), Tiresia (in competition at Cannes in 2003), On War [+see also:
film profile] (Directors' Fortnight 2008), House of Tolerance [+see also:
interview: Adèle Haenel
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2011), Saint Laurent [+see also:
Q&A: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] (in competition at Cannes in 2014) and Nocturama [+see also:
interview: Bertrand Bonello
film profile] (in competition at Toronto and San Sebastian in 2016). This time around,Bonello will play on the border between ethnology and fantasy by focusing on the destiny of a Haitian girl called Clairvius Narcisse, victim of a voodoo spell that has turned her into a zombie. Jumping between stories and eras, from 1962 Haiti to modern-day Paris, and between Narcisse, a 15-year-old Haitian girl and her aunt, a voodoo priestess, the director will place the Haitian zombie – and the origins of the cinematographic genre – in a historical and political context. Filming is due to take place in France at the end of 2018 and in Haiti in January 2019. Production is being handled by My New Pictures and Les Films du Bal.
Arte France Cinéma has also selected 2019 (provisional title) by the Filipino director Lav Diaz (Golden Lion at Venice in 2016 with The Woman Who Left, Alfred Bauer Award at Berlin in 2016 for A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery and in competition in 2018 with Season of the Devil, Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2014 with From What Is Before, and selected for the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes in 2013 with Norte, the End of History). His new film, a political sci-fi thriller, whose screenplay was written almost 20 years ago, is "a sort of premonition, immediacy, as it provides for the rise of a new Filipino despot," commented Lav Diaz himself. The production will be financed by the French outfit ARP and the Filipino company Sine olivia pilipinas, with filming due to take place in Taiwan and Vietnam from the end of September to the end of October.
Arte France Cinéma will also be supporting the first feature film by Vincent Le Port: Bruno Reidal. Already financed by an advance on earnings from the CNC (read the news here), the film will be shotin Aveyron and Corrèze during the summer and winter months of 2019. Production is being handled by Capricci Films and Stank (France).
Another first feature film project to be selected is Money Boys by Chen Bo Yilin (A Chinese director who immigrated to Austria in 1994 and trained at Vienna Film Academy under the direction of Michael Haneke). Through the experience of Fei, a young villager who prostitutes himself in big cities in China in order to provide for his family, the film will address the taboo of male homosexuality in Chinese society, torn between traditional rural values and capitalism. Filming will take place in China in December and January, with production being handled by the French company Zorba Production and the Austrian outfit KGP.
For the record, Arte France Cinéma is also financing the next films by Céline Sciamma, Mia Hansen-Løve, Arnaud Desplechin, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Miguel Gomes, Marco Bellocchio, Philippe Garrel, Leos Carax, Corneliu Porumboiu, Nadav Lapid, Diao Yi'nan, Cédric Kahn, André Téchiné, Jayro Bustamante, Patricio Guzmán, Mati Diop, Arthur Harari, Benoît Jacquot, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmèche, Nicolas Pariser, Thomas Balmès, Hafsia Herzi, Manele Labidi, Dror Moreh and the duo Rana Kazkaz and Anas Khalaf, as well as animated films by Florence Miailhe and the duo Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mevellec.
(Translated from French)
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