Paris-based Les Films Pelleas is teaming with Berlin’s Razor Film Produktion to produce first-love drama “Un amour de jeunesse,” the upcoming film from France’s Mia Hansen-Love (“The Father of My Children”).
Hansen’s third feature has just received an avance sur recette — a provisional advance subsidy at screenplay stage — from France’s Centre National du Cinema film board.
Pelleas is in advanced negotiations for French distribution to be put through Les Films du Losange, said Pelleas’ David Thion, who will produce “Jeunesse.”
Thion and Pelleas produced both “Father,” which won a top Special Prize at a strong Cannes 2009 Un Certain Regard, as well as Hansen-Love’s debut, “All Is Forgiven.”
Skedded to roll this summer, for Hansen-Love “Jeunesse” reps a step-up in budget — to Euros3.6 million ($5 million) — and scope, said Thion.
Set from 1999 and 2007, “Jeunesse” chronicles the love of Camille and Sullivan — which begins during adolescence and ends when they become adults.
Lola Creton, seen in Catherine Breillat’s “Barbe Bleue,” will play Camille.
According to Hansen-Love, “Jeunesse” is “a film on the way feelings withstand the test of time, on solitude and survival, on the apprenticeship of freedom and the innocence of love.”
Hansen-Love said “Jeunesse” would combine “realism and lyricism” and shared themes with “Forgiven” and Father”: “the quest for freedom, childhood as a refuge, mourning, starting over,” and “portraits of young girls.”
But it explored a new area for her: “romantic complicity and carnal intimacy.”
Founded by Gerhard Meixner and Roman Paul, Razor has co-produced high-profile art pic hits such as “Paradise Now” and “Waltz with Bashir.”