Why the film “Les Algues vertes” puts the Brittany Region under pressure – Algues vertes en Bretagne

Procedure in progress, circulate, there’s nothing to see. Officially, on the side of the regional council of Brittany, the request for subsidy formulated by the Parisian production company 2.4.7. films for “Les Algues vertes” is one project among others. Based on the successful comic strip by Inès Léraud and Pierre Van Hove, and currently being shot in Brittany, the feature film received a favorable opinion in mid-September from the Cinematographic and Audiovisual Creation Aid Fund (Facca). And he now has to wait for the permanent commission organized by the community, in November, to find out the amount that will be allocated to him.

Until then, it’s impossible to know how many cold hard dollars the film will receive from the regional council. We do know, however, that a ceiling has been set at €300,000 and that, in general, production companies fill out their file by asking for the maximum… without having the guarantee of obtaining it.

This year, the Facca, made up of professionals from the sector (screenwriters, directors, producers, etc.), can count on a budget of €4 million funded by the Region and the CNC (National Cinema Centre). And it has already awarded grants to several films, ranging from €2,000 for the smallest projects to €200,000 for the largest, such as the animated film “Séraphine” produced by Little Big Story.

“Objective criteria”

As far as “Green Algae” is concerned, all eyes are now on the elected representatives of the Region who, meeting in CP in November, will set the envelope. “Based on objective criteria, such as the number of days of filming, the planned expenses in Brittany or the number of salaries paid in the region”, we underline on the side of the regional council. And as he explained a few days ago on the set of Extra Local (Public Senate), the president (various left) Loïg Chesnais-Girard has always followed the opinion of Facca, putting the question of the freedom of expression at the center of his concerns. “Quite simply, I will implement the usual decision,” he assured. Way not to make this procedure an exceptional subject even if, in fact, it is.

Because in this file, the boss of the executive, who displays an unfailing serenity, knows he is necessarily being watched closely given the tensions observed here and there around the film. Several mayors, including that of Saint-Michel-en-Grève (22), a town particularly affected by green algae, notably refused to welcome the film crew in view of the image that will be given of the territory. The synopsis proposed by the production company also sets the tone: “During her meetings with whistleblowers, scientists, farmers and politicians, Inès Léraud elucidates, not without difficulty, half a century of manufacturing silence: samples that disappear in laboratories, bodies buried before being autopsied, games of influence, pressure and a very lucrative omerta… Will the truth overcome the law of silence? »

The right not favorable

Whether he likes it or not, Chesnais-Girard knows that this subsidy is necessarily at the heart of a political battle between the supporters of a productivist agriculture and the defenders of a reasoned agricultural model. In the Region, his opponents of the group Hissons haut la Bretagne (right and center-right) led by the mayor LR of Vitré Isabelle Le Callennec estimate in a press release that at “when yet another plan is committed to fight against algae green, (they would prefer) that this expenditure be devoted to actions that have proven their effectiveness. »

But even within the large family of the left, which no longer hides its differences between social democrats and pro-alliance with EELV, the debates around the agricultural question are not absent either. The President of the Region therefore knows that he will once again have to play it clever so as not to destabilize a relative majority hanging by a thread.

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