Lucie and Pauline first meet in 2015 in Beijing’s Hutong* when they are both working to promote French Cinema in China.
They decide to start a production company in Paris and since 2018, they support artists and directors in the making of their films. They are involved in every steps of filmmaking : writing, financing, shooting and distribution.
*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 Premiers Plans Film Festival and the Césars, France’s Academy Awards. She also coordinated 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 programmed a Claire Denis retrospective, 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.