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Frédéric Videau’s Selon la police gets an advance on receipts from CNC

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- France's CNC is throwing its weight behind the new opus by the director of Coming Home, as well as films being helmed by Brigitte Sy, Isild Le Besco and Sonia Kronlund

Frédéric Videau’s Selon la police gets an advance on receipts from CNC
Director Frédéric Videau (© Gerhard Kassner/Berlinale)

Four projects have been accepted during the fourth 2019 session of the CNC’s second advance on receipts committee. Standing out among them is Selon la police by Frédéric Videau, which will be the director’s third feature, following Variété Française (unveiled in the Venice International Film Critics’ Week in 2003) and Coming Home [+see also:
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 (first revealed in competition at the Berlinale in 2012). Featuring among the cast are Patrick d'Assumçao (César Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2014 for Stranger by the Lake [+see also:
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, also giving superb performances in The Apparition [+see also:
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and Back Home [+see also:
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), Lætitia Casta (nominated for the César Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2011 for Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life [+see also:
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, popular in such titles as A Faithful Man [+see also:
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and Beyond the Horizon [+see also:
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), Simon Abkarian (Army of Crime [+see also:
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, Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
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, The Audition [+see also:
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), Sofia Lesaffre (Alone [+see also:
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), Alban Lenoir (nominated for the Lumières Award for Best New Actor in 2016 for French Blood [+see also:
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) and Émile Berling (Alone at Sea [+see also:
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), who are flanked by seasoned thesp Jean-François Stévenin (seen recently in In Safe Hands [+see also:
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and who has just been filming La Comédie humaine) and Agathe Bonitzer (Coming Home, Isadora’s Children [+see also:
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) in supporting roles.

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The story, written by Frédéric Videau (who co-penned Burning Ghost [+see also:
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, among other movies), depicts a day and a night in the life of cops on the beat in Toulouse and its suburbs. We follow the every step of these women and men, aged between 20 and 60 years old, and are not spared a single one of their thoughts or actions. This immersion in the heart of police officers’ life on the street and the destitution they come into contact with on a daily basis paints a stark portrait of French society today, which we are still turning a blind eye to…

Produced by Philipe Liégeois for Paris-based outfit Bus Films (which already has Ogres [+see also:
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under its belt), Selon la police has been pre-purchased by Canal+ and Ciné+, and can boast support from the Occitanie and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regions, where the shoot will take place from 9 December until early February 2020. The French distribution and international sales will be handled by Pyramide.

Another of the CNC’s advance on receipts went to Connemera by Isild Le Besco, which (with a screenplay written by the director and Steven Mitz, together with Raphaëlle Desplechin) will tell the story of a mother’s reunion with her children in Ireland. This will be the fifth feature by the helmer, following Half-Price (2004), Charly [+see also:
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(screened at Rotterdam in 2008), Bas-fonds [+see also:
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(in competition at Locarno in 2010) and La Belle Occasion [+see also:
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(2017). Production duties will be handled by Les Films des Tournelles.

A further advance on receipts goes to Le bonheur est pour demain, the third feature-length directorial effort by Brigitte Sy, following Free Hands [+see also:
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(Berlinale Forum in 2011) and Astragalus [+see also:
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(2015). The project, which has been co-written by the filmmaker and Christine Dory, will be staged by Fechner Films.

Lastly, a documentary feature has secured an advance on receipts as well – namely, L’homme aux mille visages by Sonia Kronlund, who set the Directors’ Fortnight on fire in 2017 with The Prince of Nothingwood [+see also:
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. Her new opus will be produced by Chaz Productions.

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(Translated from French)

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