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SODEC Coin for Bertrand Bonello, Maxime Giroux, RKSS & Delphine Girard

SODEC Coin for Bertrand Bonello, Maxime Giroux, RKSS & Delphine Girard

Quebec’s SODEC (the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles) are giving some coin to future international co-productions with Bertrand Bonello‘s La Bête leading the pack. Xavier Dolan is among the producers for this project which was supposed to star Léa Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel — project is nonetheless moving forward. Belgian filmmakers Delphine Girard (directorial debut to watch out for — production began last month) and David Lambert (Beyond the Walls – Critics’ Week) are among the have dozen filmmakers who receive support and will likely be shooting for a festival presence next year.

Sodec are also giving coin to two Quebec-based film projects that are in the English language. Maxime Giroux (who domestically just launched the stellar follow-the-money Norbourg) will be filming In Cold Light while the Sundance kids RKSS are currently shooting their next project – listed here as The Z Word but will likely work with what the trades reported as The Zombies That Ate the World. Here are the funded proejcts:

FICTION FEATURE FILMS – MINORITY CO-PRODUCTIONS

Allah n’est pas obligé
Screenwriter: Karine Winczura et Zaven Najjar, d’après le roman d’Ahmadou Kourouma
Director: Zaven Najjar
Production: Yzanakio (10620114 Canada inc.) (Québec), Special Touch Studios (France), Lunanime (Belgique), Paul Thiltges Distribution (Luxembourg)
Distribution et diffusion : Maison 4:3, MK2 Mile End inc., Paul Thiltges Distribution, Lumière Distribution, Canal+, TV5 Monde

Elli
Screenwriter/Director: Jesper Moller, Piet De Rycker, Paul Risacher
Production: Productions Carpediem (V) inc. (Québec), Zooper Film GmbH (Allemagne), Belga Productions (Belgique)
Distribution: Pink Parrot Media, Maison 4:3, Level Films, Wild Bunch

La Bête
Screenwriters: Bertrand Bonello, Guillaume Breaud
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Production: Productions Sons of Manual inc. (Québec), Les Films du Bélier (France)
Distribution: Maison 4:3, Wild Bunch, Anton, Arte, Canal+, Cine+

Le plus vivant possible
Screenwriter/Director: Delphine Girard
Production: Colonelle Films inc. (Québec), Versus production (Belgique), Haut et Court (France)
Distribution: Entract Films inc., Playtime, Haut et Court

Les Tortues
Screenwriter/Director: David Lambert
Production : Christal Films Productions inc. (Québec), Artémis Productions (Belgique), TS Productions (France)
Distribution : Les Films Opale inc.

The Braid (La tresse)
Screenwriters: Laetitia Colombani, Sarah Kaminski
Director: Laetitia Colombani
Production : Forum Films 2005 inc. (Québec), Moana Films (France), Curiosa Films (France)
Distribution : MK2 Mile End inc., Société Nationale de Distribution (France)

FEATURE FICTION FILMS – MOSTLY QUEBEC AND ENGLISH-LANGUAGE WITH A ESTIMATE EQUAL TO OR OVER $2.5M

In Cold Light
Screenwriter: Patrick Whistler
Director: Maxime Giroux
Production: Productions Périphéria inc. (Québec), Lithium Studio (Ontario), Deadpan Pictures (Irlande), Gapbusters SA (Belgique)
Distribution: Entract Films inc., Elevation Pictures

The Z Word
Screenwrtiers/Directors: RKSS (François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell)
Production: Christal Films Productions inc. (Québec), Full House (France)
Distribution: Les Films Opale inc.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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