‘Age of Panic’ Wins Audience Prize at Paris Cinema Fest

PARIS– Justine Triet’s dramedy “Age of Panic” nabbed the audience prize at Paris Cinema Intl. Film Festival, which wrapped Monday evening in Paris.

A feature debut set against the backdrop of the French presidential election, the docu-style “Panic” premiered at Cannes in the ACID section. 

U.S. helmer David Gordon Green’s “Prince Avalanche,” the Sundance-preeming remake of Icelandic pic “Either Way, won the bloggers nod; while Fien Troch’s “Kid,” which portrays a young farm family and bowed at the AFI fest, won the student prize. “Eka & Natia, chronicle d’une jeunesse Georgienne,” won Grazia Magazine prize.

Memento Films will release “Avalanche” in January in Gaul. Kid is sold by Belgium’s Media Luna New Films. Paris-based Arizona Films will roll out “Eka & Natia” in Nov. 27.

Presided by Charlotte Rampling and directed by Aude Hesbert, the festival featured nine arthouse films in competition, including Brazilian Caetano Gotardo’s musical drama “The Moving Creatures;” Canadian Denis Cote’s Berlin contender “Vic and Flo Saw a Bear”;  and Singaporean Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo,” a Directors’ Fortnight standout that won the Camera d’Or.

As Belgium was this year’s country of honor, paid paid tribute to thesp Natacha Regnier  and helmers Joachim Lafosse and Felix van Groeningen. Belgian director Jaco Van Dormael, who last directed “Mr. Nobody,” announced he will next helm “Fille de Dieu” (working title), a Brussels-set comedy starring Daniel Auteuil.

Running alongside the fest, the co-production platform Paris Project gathered 175 participants around 21 projects, drawing 678 meetings.

Antonio Mendez, whose last pic “Aqui Y Alla” won Critics Week grand prize in 2012, presented his follow up project,  Saudade, a drama turning on a young Brazilian woman’s quest for a better life. It’s being co-produced by Spain’s Aqui y Alli Films, Brazil’s Dezenove Som e Imagen. KinoElektron came on board during Paris Project to co-produce the movie. Lensing will take place in Brazil and Spain.

Paris Project highlights included critically-aclaimed British helmer Terence Davies’ “A Quiet Passion;” Romanian up-and-comer Cristi Puiu’s suspenser “The Manor House;” Bavo Defurne’s “Souvenir,” a music-filled romance featuring an original score by Pink Martini ; and Mads Matthiesen’s “Emma” from Denmark. 

Sold by Trust Nordisk, “Emma” is a high-concept thriller centering on a young Danish model trying to break into the Paris fashion scene and becomes obsessed with a photographer. “Emma” is Matthiesen’s follow up to Sundance-preeming “Teddy Bear.” Zentropa producer Jonas Bagger told Variety the $3.2 million project has sparked the interest of various French co-producers and he is looking to cast a French thesp in one of the lead roles. Lensing will likely take place during Paris’ Spring Fashion Week in 2014.

Another standout, Daniel Calparoso’s English-language heist thriller “All Pink Panthers,” produced by Germany’s Unafilm and Serbia’s Art & Popcorn, was boarded by Spain’s Morena Films.

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