Press release – La Femme
Renée Blanchar returns to Cannes with LA FEMME,
a feature film project in development.
CARAQUET — Twenty-six years after serving as the Cannes Film Festival’s youngest juror, Acadian filmmaker Renée Blanchar is returning to Cannes, this time to defend LA FEMME, a feature film project in development.
Last February, as part of a call for feature film projects issued by LA MAISON DES SCÉNARISTES, a Paris-based collective of internationally renowned screenwriters, the Caraquet filmmaker submitted a project provisionally entitled LA FEMME.
Early last week, Blanchar learned that her film was one of 24 proposals selected from among 202 projects received from France, the United States, Canada, Finland, Portugal, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Spain, Australia, Italy, Algeria and Austria.
She has been invited to the International Scriptwriters Pavilion held during the Cannes Film Festival to present her project to producers from various countries and to participate in numerous writing-related activities, including master classes, debates and round tables.
In addition, the filmmaker has just relaunched ÇA TOURNE PRODUCTIONS, a television and film production company founded in 1996 with Didier Maigret. Since April, Blanchar has teamed up with Maryse Chapdelaine, an experienced producer with whom she shot LES HÉRITIERS DU CLUB, Blanchar’s latest feature-length documentary produced by the National Film Board of Canada. (www.onf.ca/film/heritiers_du_club/trailer/heritiers_du_club_bande-annonce)
Chapdelaine retired from the NFB after 28 years of service and wishes to pursue her career in Acadia. She, too, will be travelling to Cannes to take part in the Festival’s Grand Marché and Producer’s Market to promote the New Brunswick company, which plans to specialize in the production of feature documentaries and fiction films, a niche that is still underdeveloped in Acadia.