Dupeyron and Duran Cohen in competition at Rome

Article published on Oct. 1, 2008
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Article published on Oct. 1, 2008
Two days ahead of the press conference that will unveil the line-up for the third edition of the RomeFilmFest (October 22-31), there is speculation in Paris about which French features will screen at the event held in the Italian capital.

According to our sources, the official competition will present François Dupeyron’s ''With a Little Help from Myself'' (see news) and Ilan Duran Cohen’s Le Plaisir de chanter (“The Pleasure of Singing”).

Produced by ARP Sélection and sold internationally by Kinology, With a Little Help from Myself is the eighth feature by the director of Officer’s Ward (in competition at Cannes 2001) and ''Monsieur Ibrahim'' [trailer] (which screened out of competition at Venice 2003 and won Best Actor Cesar in 2004). The film is a social drama which centres on a marriage in a black family who live on a housing estate in the Paris suburbs.

The €5.49m film received a €410,000 advance on receipts from the National Film Centre (CNC) and pre-sales from Canal + and Ciné Cinéma. ARP will release the title domestically on November 26.

After the acclaimed Confusion of Genders and The Grand Sons (winner of the Horizons section at Venice 2004), Le plaisir de chanter marks Duran Cohen’s fourth feature. Starring Marina Foïs, Lorànt Deutsch and Jeanne Balibar, the film – co-written by the director, Philippe Lasry and Noémie Lvovsky – recounts the misadventures of two policemen as they investigate the disappearance of a 10-year-old wannabe star and, in the process, discover the extraordinary world of singers adored by hysterical, prepubescent girls.

Produced by Mille et Une Productions for €1.33m, the film received an advance on receipts from the CNC and will be launched domestically on November 26 by Pyramide. The latter are also handling international sales.

The strong French contingent at the RomeFilmFest could also include out-of-competition screenings of Philippe Muyl’s Magique!, starring Marie Gillain and singer Cali (produced by Pan-Européenne – sold by Wild Bunch – set to be released domestically on October 22 by co-producer Paramount Pictures France); and Agnès Jaoui’s Let It Rain (produced by Les Films A4 – sold by StudioCanal – released on September 17).

Fabien Lemercier cineuropa.org