'Un Amour d’Aliénor', 'Pax Europa' scoop prizes in Cannes Critics' Week's Next Step programme

Screen | 12/19/2018 | Staff
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French filmmaker Charline Bourgeois-Tacquet and German-Polish director Oliver Adam Kusio have won the residency prizes at the fifth edition of Cannes Critics Week’s first feature development programme Next Step.

Bourgeois-Tacquet will attend a month-long writing residency at the Moulin d’Andé-Céci screenwriting centre in Normandy to work on her debut feature project Un Amour d’Aliénor (which translates as A Love of Eleanor).

Love - Triangle - Tale - Woman - Aliénor

The love triangle tale revolves around a young woman called Aliénor who falls for an older man but then becomes obsessed with his partner, a brilliant writer and university professor who likes to isolate herself in the countryside to study and write.

It is produced by Stéphane Demoustier under his Année Zero banner and Philippe Carcassone at Cine@.

Demoustier - Shorts - Producer - Transition - Feature

Demoustier is a long-time shorts producer who is making the transition into feature production. He won a special mention in the Berlinale’s Generation 14plus section for his own directorial debut Cléo & Paul earlier this year. Prolific French producer Carcassone’s other current projects include Anne Fontaine’s Snow White-inspired erotic comedy Pure As Snow.

Kusio’s prize entails a three-week Pop Up Film Residency in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava, run by TorinoFilmLab artistic director Mathieu Darras as a separate project.

Feature - Project - Pax - Europa - Drama

He will work on his feature project Pax Europa, a political and social drama set in a small seaside village in northern Poland, where most of the inhabitants work for a Ukrainian oligarch, on the eve of a fictitious collapse of the European Union. Kusio has yet to attach a producer to the project.

Bourgeois-Tacquet and Kusio were among eight directors participating in the fifth edition of Next Step, which was launched by Cannes Critics’ Week in 2014 to help filmmakers whose short works had premiered in its short film competition make the leap into directing feature-length films. They were selected out of the 1,700...
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