Seven new films will be co-produced by France and Italy. The Fund Commission, which supports the co-production of cinematographic content between Italy (MIBACT) and France (CNC), met in Rome on 30 November at MIBACT's General Directorate for Cinema, where it allocated funding to four Italian projects and three French projects from a total of 18 projects reviewed as part of the second call for 2017 (projects submitted before 15 September). The total amount of contributions comes to €235,000.
Among the selected Italian majority projects is Il buco
, the third feature film by Michelangelo Frammartino
(following Il dono
and Le Quattro Volte
, presented at the Directors' Fortnight in 2010), which will be produced by Doppio Nodo and Coproduction Office, and received €30,000 in financial support. The same figure was also awarded to Barchini
by the video artist and documentary filmmaker Yuri Ancarani
was selected last year at Locarno), produced by Dugong and Luxbox, as well as by Domina Maris
by Silvia Perra
(director of various shorts including La finestra
selected at Angers), produced by Ombre Rosse and Blue Monday. €35,000 in financial aid was awarded to Le scienze inessatte
by the stop-motion director, illustrator and animator Stefano Bessoni
, awarded at Sitges), produced by Pilgrim and Les Contes Modernes.
However the biggest share of funding was awarded to a French initiative, which took part in TorinoFilmLab this year (read the news here): Alpha
by the Bosnian director Una Gunjak, produced by Kinoelektron and Stayblack Productions. Two other French majority projects were also awarded €30,000 each: Les bois
verts by Guillaume Mainguet (director of the short film La promeneuse
starring Clotilde Hesme) and Les petits chevaux de Tarquinia
by the actor, director and screenwriter Matthieu Rozé. The former was produced by Acrobates Films and Stefilm International, while the latter, based on a novel by Marguerite Duras, was produced by Tabo-Tabo Films and Redibis Film.