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Michel Hazanavicius, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

Co-productions from French director Michel Hazanavicius and Belgian filmmaking duo Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are among 24 selected for funding in the latest Eurimages round.

Hazanavicius, whose 2011 title The Artist which won five Oscars including best picture and director, receives €470,000 (£405,978) towards Franco-Belgian animation The Most Precious Of Cargoes.

Adapted from a 2019 novel by French writer Jean-Claude Grumberg, the animated film is set during the Second World War, when a Jewish father throws one of his twins from the train to Auschwitz in a desperate attempt to save him. The boy is then discovered by a childless Polish couple. 

Studiocanal is handling worldwide sales on the title, which is produced by French firm Ex Nihilo, with producers including Robert Guédiguian, Hazanavicius and the Dardennes brothers.

The latter duo are also receiving €375,000 (£323,061) towards their own title Tori And Lokita. Also a France-Belgium co-production, it centres on two friends who arrive in Belgium from Africa. It aims to shoot this summer.

Also selected for funding are new projects from Macedonian director Milcho Manchevski, who was Oscar-nominated for Before The Rain in 1995, for his new project Kaymak; Spanish director Pablo Berger (Blancanieves) with animation Robot Dreams; and Belgian filmmaking duo Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Bad Boys For Life) for Rebel.

Hazanavicius’s project received the largest award, followed by two other animations – Berger’s project and Jean-Loup Felicioli and Alain Gagnol’s French-Luxembourg co-production Tales Of The Hedgehog – and the live-action Roll which is the feature debut of Loris Lai; all four were awarded €400,000 or above.

The 162nd Eurimages council meeting was held online. Of the 24 feature projects it selected for a total of €5.8m (£5m) funding, three are documentaries and three are animations. 45.83% of those selected are directed by women, receiving 38.01% of the total amount awarded.

Eurimages March 2021 funding 

Beanie (Slovenia-Lux-Slovakia-Cro) – €205,000
Dir. Slobodan Maksimović 

Defending Ongwen (Den-Ger) – €150,000, documentary
Dir. Lukasz Konopa, Emil Langballe

Deserts (Fr-Mor-Den-Bel) – €230,000
Dir. Faouzi Bensaïdi 

Forever Hold Your Peace (Mont-Cze-Ser-Cro-N Mac) – €139,000
Dir. Ivan Marinović 

Fortress (Bel-It-Neth-Bul) – €290,000
Dir. Jessica Woodworth 

Kaymak (N Mac-Den-Bul) – €180,000
Dir. Milcho Manchevski 

Land Of Sar (Fr-N Mac-Slovenia) – €69,000, documentary
Dir. Petra Seliškar 

Ordinary Failures (Cze-Hun-It) – €250,000
Dir. Cristina Grosan 

Piggy (Sp-Fr) – €225,000
Dir. Carlota Pereda 

Queens (Fr-Mor-Bel-Neth) – €250,000
Dir. Yasmine Benkiran 

Rebel (Bel-Lux-Fr) – €290,000
Dirs. Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah 

Robot Dreams (Sp-Fr) – €410,000, animation
Dir. Pablo Berger 

Roll (It-Bel) – €400,000
Dir. Loris Lai 

Sick Of Myself (Nor-Swe) – €250,000
Dir. Kristoffer Borgli

Sisters (Lat-It) – €79,000
Dir. Linda Olte 

Sticking Points (Bel-Neth) – €50,000, documentary
Dir. Flo Flamme 

Tales Of The Hedgehog (Fr-Lux) – €430,000, animation
Dirs. Jean-Loup Felicioli, Alain Gagnol 

The Antique (Geo-Rus-Cro) – €150,000
Dir. Rususan Glurjidze

The Most Precious Of Cargoes (Fr-Bel) – €470,000, animation
Dir. Michel Hazanavicius 

The Store (Swe-It) – €300,000
Dir. Hanna Sköld 

The Water (Switz-Sp-Fr) – €250,000
Dir. Elena López Riera 

Time Out (Bel-Fr) – €300,000
Dir. Eve Duchemin

Tori And Lokita (Bel-Fr) – €375,000
Dirs. Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne 

Ways To Run (Neth-Can) – €80,000
Dir. Aboozar Amini