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Arte France Cinéma is supporting André Téchiné’s Les pieds sur Terre

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- Upcoming films by France’s Noémie Lvovsky, Portugal’s Tiago Guedes and Greece’s Alexandros Avranas will also be co-produced by the film arm of the French-German TV network

Arte France Cinéma is supporting André Téchiné’s Les pieds sur Terre
Director André Téchiné

The fifth 2020 selection committee organised by Arte France Cinéma (under the aegis of Olivier Père) has opted to involve itself in the co-production and pre-purchasing of four projects. Standing tall among these is Les pieds sur Terre by seasoned director André Téchiné (selected six times to compete in Cannes, winning an award for Best Director in 1985, three times in Berlin and once in Venice), a Curiosa Films production which will unite Louis Garrel and Charlotte Gainsbourg in its cast. The story follows a lieutenant from a contingent of the French army stationed in Mali, who is seriously injured when his armoured vehicle explodes. Repatriated to France and placed in intensive care, he begins a long period of convalescence under his sister’s worried yet watchful eye. They find themselves in their Alpine family home, amidst mountains, lakes and forests. She tries to help her brother reconnect with his past but, suffering from amnesia as a result of the accident, he doesn’t seem too fussed about making peace with who he was…

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Arte France Cinéma will also lend its backing to La Grande Magie, which will be Noémie Lvovsky’s 7th feature after La vie ne me fait pas peur (in competition in Locarno 1999), Feelings (in competition in Venice 2003 and the winner of the Louis-Delluc award) and Camille Rewinds [+see also:
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(Directors’ Fortnight 2012 and 13 César nominations in 2013), to name a few. A loose adaptation of Eduardo de Filippo eponymous play, the filmmaker will also star in the cast of her upcoming film, mainly alongside Denis Podalydès, Judith Chemla, Sergi Lopez and François Morel. Produced by Les Films du Poisson in league with Germany’s Niko Film, this will be a musical feature which whisks us back to the 1920s and to a very nice seaside hotel where slightly phoney magician Albert makes a young woman disappear. With no sign of her return, her husband Charles loses patience and confronts the charlatan. At which point, Albert hands him a small box, telling him his wife is inside. Charles, petrified, refuses to be separated from it…

Also stealing focus among the selection is Traces by Portuguese director Tiago Guedes (whose latest opus The Domain [+see also:
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competed in Venice in 2019). Produced by France via Alfama Films in league with Portugal (Leopardo Filmes), this feature will revolve around Laureano, a young boy left with irreversible after-effects following a brutal beating by three young teens, meted out during a rite of passage inscribed within the pagan tradition of their small village in Trás-os-Montes. 25 years later, this man who is nearing 40 and has the mental age of a child is marginalised by society and treated by many as the local kook. But for the first time in a great number of years, his three former tormentors come together for Saint Jean’s Eve. One of their sons is subsequently discovered dead, the victim of an attack by a pack of abandoned dogs, and this brutal event upsets relations in the village community…

Finally, Arte France Cinéma will lend its support to Apathie (working title), the 5th film by Greek director Alexandros Avranas, whose repertoire notably includes Miss Violence [+see also:
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(Silver Lion for Best Director and Volpi Cup for Best Actor in Venice 2013) and Love Me Not [+see also:
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(in competition in San Sebastian in 2017). Produced by France (Les Films du Worso and Elle Driver), Denmark (Snowglobe) and Russia (Metrafilm), the film will follow in the footsteps of Sergei and Natalia, two political asylum seekers who have fled Russia for Sweden with their two daughters Katja and Alina, in hope of a better life. Their hopes are shattered when their request for asylum is refused. Traumatised by this rejection, their daughter Katja suddenly sinks into a comatose, lethargic state otherwise known as Resignation Syndrome, a medical mystery mainly afflicting children of refugees.

For the record, Arte France Cinéma is most notably supporting upcoming films by Leos Carax, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Asghar Farhadi, Ursula Meier, Mia Hansen-Løve, Claire Denis, Alain Guiraudie, Miguel Gomes, Joachim Trier, Nadav Lapid, Quentin Dupieux, Jonas Carpignano, Kirill Serebrennikov, Abderrahmane Sissako, Mathieu Amalric, Lisandro Alonso, Tarik Saleh, Mikhaël Hers, Arnaud and Jean-Marie Larrieu, Louis Garrel, Jan P. Matuszyński, Albert Serra, Julia Ducournau, Thierry de Peretti, Arthur Harari, Leyla Bouzid, Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet, Aurélia Georges, Alice Diop, Hafsia Herzi, Dinara Droukarova, Vincent Le Port, Régis Sauder, Thomas Balmès, Chen Bo Yilin, Dror Moreh and the duo Mina Mileva - Vesela Kazakova, not to mention animated films coming courtesy of Florence Miailhe and Pierre Földes.

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(Translated from French)

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