Magazine article Screen International

Girard Seeks Euro Support for Cunningham

Magazine article Screen International

Girard Seeks Euro Support for Cunningham

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French producer Ilann Girard, boss of Arsam International and exec producer on March of the Penguins, has revealed further details of his new CineMart project Cunningham.

The 3D documentary, inspired by the life and work of legendary US dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, has been scripted and is being directed by Alla Kovgan.

The film will follow Cunningham from his early days as a struggling dancer in New York to his eventual emergence as one of the most influential choreographers of the Twentieth Century.

"It is one of those very ambitious projects about modern artists that has a lot of technology," Girard said of a film that, inevitably, has been compared to Wim Wenders' 3D Pina Bausch film, Pina (2011).

The project has already secured support from the CNC in France and from the Rockefeller Foundation. Around a third of the [euro]3.4m budget will come from the US but Girard is in Rotterdam looking for European partners as well as for a sales agent.

He points out that Cunningham's reputation is as strong in Europe as it is back in the US - one reason he is seeking backing on both sides of the Atlantic.

"We are looking for partners in Germany, Russia and the Netherlands," Girard said. …

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