Eurimages backs Rohmer romance

Pan-European funding body allocates $400,000 in prod'n support

Veteran French helmer Eric Rohmer is preparing to direct a poetic fantasy based on the 16th century pastoral romance “Les Amours d’Astree et de Celadon.”

Project reps a departure for the 86-year-old helmer, best known for his low-budget talky contempo dramas.

Pic is among nine co-productions selected for funding by Eurimages, which last week held its 100th meeting to allocate coin. The pan-European funding body allocated about $400,000 in production support to Rohmer’s nymphs and druids pic, which will feature Stephanie de Crayencour, Andy Gillet and Cecile Cassel.

The largest share of the $3.5 million awarded went to “L’Ami de Fred Astaire,” a largely French production by Nowemie Lvovsky, which received $720,000.

Some $600,000 went to Emilio Martinez-Lazaro for “Las Trece Rosas,” a drama about five young women in the Spanish Civil War.

Two more funded projects with political themes come from Turkey: Semir Aslanyurek’s WWI-set “The Road Home” and Oemer Ugur’s “Coming Home,” set during the military coup of 1980.

Also supported were two pics from Serbia, Sinisa Dragin’s drama “If the Seed Doesn’t Die” and Momcilo Mrdakovic’s comedy “Mamarosh.” Marco Simon Puccioni’s “Riparo” and Nanouk Leopold’s “Wolfsbergen” are also receiving coin.

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