We started working together in 2015, in the *Hutong district of Beijing, promoting cinema and visual arts for the French Embassy in China. A few years later, we created our production company in France to accompany artists in the making of their works.
Since 2018, we have been developing short films, art videos, fiction, documentary, hybrid films, and among them numerous international co-productions, screened in festivals (IFFR, DOKLeipzig, IndieLisboa…), museums (Centre Pompidou, Salon d’art contemporain de Montrouge, Museum of Moving Image in New York…) or platforms (Tënk, Universciné…).
In 2021, our first feature-length documentary, Acts of love (Isidore Bethel, Francis Leplay) premiered at Hot Docs Toronto and Maxence Stamatiadis’ first feature-length fiction film, Au jour d’aujourd’hui, began its career at the IFFR Rotterdam and then Thessaloniki IFF, where it won the Film Forward Silver Award and the Audience Award.
We are members of the Syndicat des Producteurs Indépendants (SPI), Eurodoc, the European Women’s Audiovisual Network (EWA) and Women Make movies.
*The Hutong (胡同) is a form of Beijing architecture consisting of a series of houses that connect via an intricate labyrinth of alleys and open courtyards.
In 2014 in Paris, Lucie curated the first international exhibit of Chinese photographer Ren Hang, whose work has since received significant international recognition.
During the same period, she worked for the French National Film Board’s Aide aux Cinémas du Monde fund before moving to Beijing to join the French Embassy team there, organizing visual art exhibits in China. After working at Alcatraz Films and Aurora Films in Paris, Lucie founded her own company in 2017 with Pauline Tran Van Lieu.
Producing projects through Hutong Productions, she has participated in Eurodoc, IDFAcademy, the Pitching du Réel, the Carthage Film Festival’s CHABAKA co-production workshop, and Thessaloniki’s Agora Docs in Progress.
Pauline Tran Van Lieu
A graduate of La Fémis’ Ludwigsburg-Paris producing program, Pauline has programmed for French festivals like Premiers Plans Angers before coordinating the Émergence residency, supporting directors as they developed their first feature films.
Starting in 2013, she spent two years working at the French Embassy in Beijing, presenting French cinema to Chinese audiences. In that capacity, she curated retrospectives dedicated to Claire Denis or Jacques Demy, supervised China’s first official co-productions, and surveyed transformations in the Chinese film industry. She has also worked in distribution and world sales at The Match Factory in Berlin.
She has produced films through Hutong since 2018 and has participated in Marseille’s FIDLab, the Marrakech Film Festival’s Ateliers de l’Atlas, and Berlinale Talents 2020.