– The French producer from Les Movies des Tournelles tells us on the Cinemed Conferences concerning the Spanish undertaking directed by Guillermo García López
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Headed by Anne-Dominique Toussaint, Parisian manufacturing firm Les Movies des Tournelles is current on the forty fourth Montpellier Mediterranean Movie Pageant the place she is pitching for the Improvement Grant of the Cinemed Conferences (learn the information) the undertaking Ciudad sin sueño. This would be the first fiction function by Spanish director Guillermo García López, who gained a number of awards with Delicate stability [+see also:
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Cineuropa: How did you uncover Guillermo García López’s undertaking and what made you need to get on board?
Anne-Dominique Toussaint: The 12 months earlier than the pandemic, I used to be on the jury of the Cinéfondation which supplies a prize each six months to considered one of its residents. I used to be instantly drawn to this undertaking. What I favored to begin with, earlier than even assembly the director, was the combination of documentary and fiction. It’s a fiction tasks, however one that’s anchored in an especially explicit place, referred to as La Cañada Actual, an enormous shantytown within the banlieue of Madrid the place 8000 folks stay. On this place, which might solely be actual and never reconstructed in fiction, the inhabitants would be the characters within the movie, taking part in not themselves in their very own lives, however a narrative written by Guillermo. One other factor that pursuits me is that La Cañada Actual may be very near a big European capital metropolis, which I discover terribly fascinating. Guillermo has been there many instances, he has arrange a faculty there in addition to workshops, so as to create actual connections with the locals: his course of is fascinating and it made me need to become involved within the movie. It will likely be shot totally on location and the story will revolve round points that actually have an effect on the locals. The bulk manufacturing will in fact need to be Spanish, since will probably be shot in Spain and within the Spanish language, however I discussed as quickly as I might that I needed to be a part of all of it. The manufacturing is subsequently headed with Marisa Fernández Armenteros for Buena Pinta Media (which simply met nice success with Lullaby [+see also:
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What story does Ciudad sin sueño inform?
The movie will give attention to Ramon, a 13-year-old Roma boy who has all the time lived at La Cañada Actual together with his household. Together with his finest buddy Saïd, they movie the world round them on a cell phone they share. Someday, Saïd tells Ramon that he’s going again to Morocco together with his household. The household ties start to dwindle when Ramon’s household is notified that their home is to be demolished. For the primary time, Ramon sees an actual probability to go away La Cañada behind, unleashing a hidden need to stay a life totally different from that of his dad and mom, who would do something to stop the eviction.
What stage is the undertaking at the moment at?
We have now a primary model of the script, however as a result of Guillermo is all the time going again to Cañada Actual, works there and shot that quick movie there, the writing of the function modifications rather a lot. Now he must refine issues, as a result of it is rather necessary to take on a regular basis wanted for growth. Typically, we inform ourselves, “Okay, we’ve a narrative, let’s go,” however right here, I actually assume it’s value staying in growth for just a few extra months to reach at a wonderfully realised script that we will current on the financing stage.
What else is new for Les Movies des Tournelles?
In growth, I at the moment have a number of tasks on the writing stage which it’s too early to speak about, with filmmakers that I’ve already labored with (together with Philippe Le Guay) but in addition newcomers. I like making debut options (I produced these of Nadine Labaki, Riad Sattouf, Emmanuel Carrère, Rachid Djaïdani, Louis Garrel, and many others.): they contain extra of an inventive change, it isn’t nearly gathering the financing and ensuring that every thing goes properly. However I additionally love producing overseas, notably in Europe. What issues essentially the most, for me, is the encounter with the filmmakers.
(Translated from French)