PARIS — Les Films d’Ici, the Paris-based docu production shingle behind Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir,” is launching a production banner dedicated to fiction films, TV series and web formats.
The outfit, which is called Les Films d’Ici 2, will be headed Serge Lalou and Frederic Cheret, who are both execs at Les Films d’Ici, and will comprise Les Films d’Ici associates, including Richard Copans, its founder, Laura Briand and Charlotte Uzu, topper of international development, as well as three producers who’ve worked with Les Films d’Ici for many years on a freelance basis, Laurent Duret, Virginie Guibbaud and Sebastien Onomo.
Founded nearly 30 years ago, Les Films d’Ici has mostly produced docu features, many of which, like “Waltz With Bashir” and Nicolas Philibert’s “To Be and To Have” — were critically-acclaimed and played at festivals. Les Films d’Ici has occasionally produced fiction films. One of the shingle’s most recent productions was Arnaud des Pallieres’ “Michael Kohlhaas,” starring Mads Mikkelsen and Sergi Lopez. It is now in post.
Uzu said, “The creation of Les Films d’Ici 2 and the fact that we’re bringing in experienced producers on board will allow us to significantly step up our production activity in fiction and be present on all platforms.”
Uzu added, “When we started working in fiction we were mainly motivated by our desire to follow talented directors we had relationships with, and we’ll keep that approach, and we’ll also aspire to initiate projects that are socially- or politically-engaged, in line with Les Films d’Ici’s DNA.”
Les Films d’Ici 2’s development slate includes Agathe Bonitzer’s “La Papesse Jeanne,” Mai Masri’s Israel-set drama “3000 Nights,” which will be presented at Cannes’ Cinefondation Atelier, and Didier Nion’s “L’Heretique,” an adaptation of Alain Bombard’s novel. “L’Heretique” was pitched at the EFM’s co-production forum.