Olivier Babinet et Poelvoorde
  • "Normale", a green production entirely filmed in Paris Region

"Normale", a green production entirely filmed in Paris Region

Published on 22 September 2021
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The Paris Region is encouraging production companies to reduce the carbon footprint of their films through the implementation since 2017 of a specific bonus for "eco-responsible practices". Olivier Babinet's latest film, Normale, filmed entirely in the region and supported by our teams, has notably benefited from this.

On average, a fiction film made in France produces 200 tons of CO2, the equivalent of what a French household produces for 8 years. It is now necessary to reconsider the manufacturing processes of cinematographic and audiovisual works in order to significantly reduce the environmental impact of filming.
Film Paris Region has been committed to this approach for more than twelve years through the Ecoprod association and the Paris Region council through its specific bonus.

Applying for a bonus for ecological practices

The application must be submitted at the same time as those for the Granted Fund via a production note detailing the commitments and costs related to the implementation of these practices.
The producer must provide a detailed report with figures and supporting documents detailing the reasons for the request and the particular expenses that would justify additional support.
The amount of the grant is voted on by the steering committee at the same time as the grant and is paid according to the same procedures (deposit on the last day of filming, balance on the report). 

Thanks to a network of active and committed Parisian companies, the Paris Region is a privileged region for the implementation of "green" productions. Olivier Babinet's fourth feature film is a perfect example.

This dramatic comedy based on the theater play The Monster in the Hall by David Greig, starring Benoit Poelvoorde, Justine Lacroix and Steve Tientcheu, was filmed between March 22 and May 14, 2021 in Pantin and Chelles.

Lucie is 14 years old and has a vivid imagination. She lives alone with her father, who spends his days hanging around the house in his bathrobe. Beneath the appearance of an eternal teenager, William struggles with the effects of multiple sclerosis. Between the care that she gives him, her school work and moonlighting at the sandwich shop, Lucie's sole escape is to write a ramshackle autobiographical novel.

With a tight budget of 4M€, the producer Carole Scotta of Haut & Court has managed to integrate an eco-responsible approach that has allowed her to benefit from the bonus of the Paris Region Granted Fund.

Coached by the eco-manager Pauline Garcia from Secoya and by Fin de Déchets (two companies from the Paris region), the production was able to plan at each stage of the project solutions adapted to its budget.

The production was the subject of a video initiated by Camille Bourrée, in charge of editorial content for the Ministry of Ecological Transition, as part of the event #jeudiantigaspi :