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FRENCH SCREENPLAY READINGS

French public readings - feature films

lecture de scénario par Bernadette Lafont
Screenplays (before production) are read in french by professional actors in front of an audience.
In partnership with la SACD, le Quai-Forum des arts vivant, la Fondation Groupama Gan, Panalux, Panavision

From Sunday 20 to Friday, January 25 - 14:15 - Le Quai, Forum des Arts Vivants - Free admission

ATLIT
screenplay and direction: Shirel Amitay - production: En Compagnie des lamas
read by Dominique Reymond Sunday, January 20
in the presence of Géraldine Nakache (to be confirmed)

 
Atlit, a bitter sweet huis clos. Cali meets up again with her two sisters to sort out their inheritance, a house hidden away in the middle of an olive grove. They don’t agree, old conflicts resurface. And if it was not complicated enough already the ghosts of their parents reappear and a mysterious young Palestinian takes hiding in the barn. We are in Israel, 4 November 1995: as he is finishing his speech on peace in front of a record crowd, Itzhak Rabin is killed. Cali and her sisters leave, the house is closed, but is it inhabited?
 
  SHIREL AMITAY
As a child, Shirel did not believe in fairies or guardian angels. Today she admits that her childhood could have been simpler if they had been alongside her.
After studying cinema at the NFTS in the UK, Shirel started producing commercials, and escaped from what she calls a “downward spiral” by returning to cinema. She started working with Jacques Rivette, Claire Simon, Pascal Bonitzer, Sophie Fillières, Arnaud Desplechin… alternating between continuity, first assistant and co-writer. Atlit is her first feature as a director.
 

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  DOMINIQUE REYMOND
Dominique Reymond started her stage career playing Racine, Chekhov, Claudel, Strindberg, Bückner and Reza. In the cinema, Leos Carax, Catherine Corsini, Philippe Garel, Claude Chabrol and Sandrine Veysset in Y aura-t-il de la neige à Noël ? (Will it Snow for Christmas?) She regularly works with Olivier Assayas and Benoît Jacquot, notably in Les adieux à la reine (Farewell, My Queen). She is currently starring in Régis Roisnard’s Populaire.
 

territoire
screenplay and direction: Emmanuel Marre - production: Entre chien et loup
read by André Wilms Wednesday, January 23

Territoire is the story of Arnaud who came next to last in his year at the ENA and who is looking for advancement.
Territoire is the story of Georges whose career might be behind him.
Territoire is the story of political initiation.
Territoire is the story of a friendship and a political filiation.
Territoire is the story of a choice between two betrayals.
 
  emmanuel marre
After studying literature in Paris, Emmanuel Marre went to IAD in Belgium. His two graduation films, La vie qui va avec and Michel were selected by Premiers Plans in 2009 and in many other festivals (including Brest and Toronto). He went on to make two shorts, Les Cheveux coupés, and a drama commission from Aide à la jeunesse Belge, Le Petit chevalier. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium, where he shares his time between documentaries and dramas. In July 2012 he took part in the Ateliers Jeanne Moreau with his project Territoire, which is in pre-production. He is currently completing Chaumière (for La Lucarne ARTE) a documentary exploring the world of Formule 1 hotels.
 

  andre wilms
Actor of stage and screen André Wilms became known to the general public with Etienne Chatiliez’s film La Vie est un grand fleuve tranquille (Life is a Long Tranquil River) in 1987. He has staged Bertolt Brecht and The Marquis de Sade. He has worked on screen and on television for Patrice Leconte, Agnieszka Holland, François Ozon and Amos Gitaï, and regularly for Aki Kaurismaki, notably in Le Havre. This year he will be appearing in Valéria Bruni-Tedeschi’s new film Un château en Italie.

 

GENTE DE BIEN
screenplay and direction: Franco Lolli - production : Lazennec 3
read by Natacha Régnier et Samir Guesmi Thursday, January 24

 
10-year-old Eric lives in a poor neighbourhood of Bogota. While the city is preparing for Christmas, Eric’s mother is getting ready to move to a town in the provinces where her new husband has found a job. But Eric cannot follow them. His mother decides to send him to his real father, Ariel. Eric hasn’t seen him for years: all he knows is that he is a joiner and that he lives on the other side of the city. He will also meet Maria Isabel, the woman Ariel works for, who, seeing them in difficulty, decides to help them.
 
  FRANCO LOLLI
Born in Bogota, Franco Lolli left Colombia at the age of 18 to study at the University of Montpellier and then the Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris before going to the directing department of La fémis in 2003. His graduation film, Como todo el mundo, shot in Bogota, was selected by more than 60 international festivals and won 26 awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Premiers Plans. His new short, Rodri, presented at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, was also selected in Competition this year in Premiers Plans. He is currently preparing his first feature, Gente de Bien, which received the support of Cinéfondation and writing aid from the Région Basse Normandie and the Région Centre.
 

  NATACHA REGNIER
Natacha Régnier become known with Erik Zonca’s La Vie rêvée des anges (The Dreamlife of Angels) in 1998, winning the Best Actress Award in Cannes. She went on to work on stage, television and the big screen with François Ozon, Anne Fontaine, Lucas Belvaux, Emmanuel Bourdieu and recently Costa Gavras in Le Capital. This year she will be appearing in Isabelle Czajka’s La Vie domestique and Michel Gondry’s L’Écume des jours.
 

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  SAMIR GUESMI
Samir Guesmi has been present for around twenty years on stage and on screen. He has performed in films by Claude Miller, Alain Gomis, Arnaud Desplechin, Bruno Podalydès, Nicole Garcia, Guillaume Canet and recently Noémie Lvovsky in Camille redouble. In 2008 he made a short entitled C’est dimanche.
 

Qui vive
screenplay: Marianne Tardieu et Nadine Lamari - direction: Marianne Tardieu - production: La Vie est belle
read by Reda Kateb Friday, January 25

Having returned to live with his parents, Chérif gets a job as a security guard while waiting for something better to come along. Because he can hope for more: he has met Jenny, and he has got the written part of his exams. But everything goes wrong when his life as a security guard comes into contact with a gang of idle youths who constantly make fun of him. He gets out of his depth. To get rid of them he accepts to cross to the other side – to the side of petty thieves, "business" as the say on the estate. In the space of one night, a random event, as one of the youth's loses his life, Chérif's is turned upside down…
 
  MARIANNE TARDIEU
After studying philosophy, Marianne Tardieu learned imagery at the Ecole Louis Lumière before working as an assistant camerawoman and director of photography. In 2007 she co-directed her first medium-length film, Les Gueules noires, the portrait of an over the hill punk rock band. She took part in the Ateliers de Jeanne Moreau in 2011 with Qui vive, her first feature script. Shooting will start in April 2013.
 

  NADINE LAMARI
Nadine Lamari was trained in scriptwriting at La fémis. Among others, she has worked with Marc Recha (Les mans buides (Where is Mme Catherine?), Petit Indi (Little Indi)), Mathias Gokalp (Rien de Personnel) and Eve Deboise (Paradis Perdu). She runs a scriptwriting workshop for continuing education at La fémis, teaches classes abroad and in Angers (Université Catholique de l'Ouest).
 

  REDA KATEB
Reda Kateb started very young in the theatre and then on television in the series Engrenages (Spiral). Jacques Audiard gave him his first role in the cinema in Le Prophète (A Prophet). He went on to appear in Léa Fehner’s Qu’un seul tienne et les autres suivront (Silent Voices), Frédéric Videau’s À moi seule (Coming Home), Catherine Corsini’s Les Trois Mondes (Three Worlds). Reda Kateb is currently starring in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty and Hélène Fillières’s Une histoire d’amour.
 

Reading of a screenplay out of competition

 

EVITA
screenplay and direction: Pablo Agüero
read by Jeanne Moreau Tuesday, January 22 at 14.15 at Le Quai-forum des arts vivants
This reading will be recorded by France Culture and broadcast during 2013.

Eva Peron has just died. A specialist is brought in to embalm her body. Months of effort, but a perfect success. Except that there are successive coup d'états in Argentina. And some dictators want to go as far as destroying all traces of Evita in the popular memory. So what should be done with the body? A wonderful script with political and Hitchcockian suspense.
 
  Pablo Agüero
Pablo Agüero grew up in Argentinean Patagonia. There he made several shorts, including Primera nieve (First Snow), Jury Prize at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival and Lejos del sol (Away From The Sun), grand prix at the of Buenos Aires and Cork in 2005. He went on to make the features Salamandra (Salamander), presented at the Directors' Fortnight in 2008 and 77 Doronship, Best Director Award at the Buenos Aires Film Festival in 2009. His projects have received several awards and grants, including Cinéfondation du Festival de Cannes, the Centre d'Ecritures Cinématographiques, the International Screenwriters Festival and the Torino Film Lab. He received the Sopadin Award with his script Evita.
 
Le Prix Sopadin
Since 1986, the Prix Sopadin has helped certain films get made, attracting the attention of decision makers to promising scripts. Without this prize, we would probably never have seen Martin Provost's Séraphine, Michel Leclerc's Le Nom des gens (The Names of Love) or Laurent Cantet's L'Emploi du temps (Time Out).