French president in docu sights

'The Power' to show portrait of Francois Hollande

Following Edith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg and Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s new president Francois Hollande will be the subject of a bigscreen docu in “Le Pouvoir” (The Power).

Helmed by Patrick Rotman, who wrote Sarkozy portrait “The Conquest,” “Power” will follow Hollande, elected French president on May 6, during his first 150 days in office.

To shoot “The Power,” Rotman and his crew have been allowed full access to Hollande and his meetings, according to producer Jean-Michel Rey, head of Rezo Films.

Pic aims to address a number of questions about the new head of state.

“Is there anything such as as real power? Are there counterpowers? Is it possible to exercise that power within the international context. Are the hands of  the president tied or free?” said Nicolas Steil, head of Luxembourg’s Iris Group.

A docu-feature and two-part 62-minute mini, “Power” is produced by France’s Rezo Productions, Luxembourg’s Iris Productions and Kuid, run by Rotman’s brother Michel Rotman. Canal Plus France co-finances, having snagged Gallic pay TV rights. Rezo will distribute in France and sell internationally.

“Power” rolls off the creation in May 2011 of a production, distribution and sales joint venture, Rezo Finance, by Steil and Jesus Gonzalez’s Iris Group in Luxembourg and Jean-Michel Rey’s Rezo Films in France. Rezo takes French distribution and international sales to the partners’ productions.

Other Iris-Rezo productions also sport political heft. Iris-Rezo is in pre-production on World War II fiction feaure “A Brilliant Bastard.” Written-directed by Patrick Rotman, it turns on the lifelong friendship between Frederic Mitterand and Rene Bousquet, the Vichy government’s head of police, who oversaw the deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps.

The Cannes lineup of Rezo’s international sales team, headed by Sebastien Chesneau, boasts Sean Baker’s “Starlet,” starring Dree Hemingway, recently picked up by Music Box for U.S. distribution; Stephen Elliott’s James Franco starrer “Cherry,” which opened at Berlin in the Panorama Special section; and two Camera d’Or contenders: Directors’ Fortnight screener “Aliyah,” an identity-crisis drama from Eli Wajerman, and Critics’ Week player “God’s Neighbors,” an Israel-set theological thriller from Meni Yaesh.

At Cannes, Rezo also unveiled the promo reel for Enzo D’Alo’s toon “Pinocchio,” a twist on the classic tale; has hosted the premieres of Artus de Penguern’s burlesque comedy “Sex, Lies and Surgery” and Andrei Proshkin’s big-budget period actioner “The Horde.”

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