Guillaume Ivernel's 'Soul Man' generates interest
CANNES — Joe Dante’s “Monster Love” and Guillaume Ivernel’s “Soul Man” proved standouts at Tuesday’s Capital Regions for Cinema Co-Production Meeting in Cannes.Pitched by Paris-based Arsam Intl., Dante’s “Love” is a 3D romantic thriller involving two star-crossed lovers, a werewolf and a vampire. Screenplay is by Greg Pak (“Robot Stories”). “Romeo and Juliet with fangs,” as it is described, “Love” is produced by Elizabeth Stanley Pics, Metaluna Prods, Arclight Films Intl. plus Paris’ Arsam Intl. Aided by Dante’s recent Italian passport, “Monster Love” will be packaged out of France as a European co-production, Arsam’s Ilann Girard said at the CRC meet. Produced by Francois Belot’s Blacklight Movies, “Man,” from Ivernel (“Dragon Hunters”), a $50 million blaxploitation-style sci-fi thriller, elicited multiple requests for meetings, confirming its status as one of Europe’s most-awaited animation features. Other eye-catching projects at the Meeting included vampire couple tale “Lovely Mira,” the first production from Paris’ Wide Eyes Films, and feature doc “The Art Rush,” from vet Philippe Maynial’s Babylone Prods, which lifts the lid on the contempo art market. Catherine Lamour, former Canal Plus docu head, co-writes. Meanwhile, pubcaster production house France 3 Cinema has boarded Fara Sene’s $4.3 million drama “Etre,” produced by Cineteve. France dominated Cannes’ CRC event – natural enough given the huge size of its production sector, which saw $2 billion investment last year. But other CRC film projects beyond France also caught attention. From Spain, director Gaizka Urresti has buddy crime comedy “Blessed Calamity” — a $2.9 million project backed by regional pubcaster Aragon TV — set up at Imval Prods, with Aquelarre Films distributing in Spain. Berlin-based Flying Moon is seeking equity investment and world sales to close financing on its $792,000 music film “Peace Old Jazz Band,” co-produced by Amsterdam’s LEV Pictures, TPS Holland and German distrib Neue Visionen. The CRC Meeting catalog featured projects from 166 companies based out of Paris, Berlin, Rome and Madrid. Co-production has become a normal for France, said Ile de France Film Commission’s Olivier-Rene Veillon, pointing out that 139 of France’s 261 features produced last year were co-productions. Producers are now far more skilled at structuring co-productions, he added. Taiwan was the featured country at this year’s forum. Event was organized by CRC’s members, the Ile de France, Lazio and Madrid Film Commissions, and the Berlin-Brandenburg Film Board.