Mungiu helms ‘Provizoriu,’ Kechiche ‘Bleu’

Both receive Eurimages funding

Madrid– France’s Why Not Productions is teaming with Romania’s Mobra Films and Belgium’s Les Films du Fleuve, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s Brussels-based shingle, to produce “Provizoriu,” the next film by Christian Mungiu.

Why Not is lead-producing. Mungiu’s IFC U.S. pickup “4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days” won Cannes’ 2007 Palme d’Or. Written by Mungiu, “Provizoriu” is the Romanian convent-set tale of a 23-year-old girl’s overweening love for a girl inmate.

“Provizoriu” is one of 18 European co-productions that have drawn down a total Euros 5.85 million ($7.6 million) in subsidies from the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund.

Among awardees, announced Friday, Abdellatif Kechiche (“The Secret of the Grain”) is attached to helm “Le Bleu est une couleur chaude.” A coming-of-age drama, “Bleu” is set up at France’s Wild Bunch and Quat’Sous Films, Kechiche’s own label, Belgium’s Scope Pics, which opens the door to Belgium tax-break coin, and Spain’s Vertigo Films, which Wild Bunch co-owns.

“Bleu” adapts a multi-prized graphic novel by France’s Julie Maroh, about Clementine, an adolescent, who discovers desire and love with Emma, a blue-haired girl.

Further Eurimages subsidy recipients are Jean-Paul Lilienfeld’s “Arretez-moi,” with Sophie Marceau and Miou-Miou, produced by France’s Rezo and Luxembourg’s Iris, and “When Day Breaks,” from Serbia’s Goran Paskaljevic (“Honeymoons”).

“Bleu” won Eurimages’ biggest 2011 award: Euros 560,000 ($728,000).

“Song of the Sea,” from Tomm Moore (“The Secret of Kells”), pulled down $715,000, as did Alex and David Pastor’s “The Last Days” and “Camiel Borgmann,” from Dutch auteur Alex van Warmerdam (“Waiter”).

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