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Comedies Dominate Auds for French Films Abroad

18 January 2016 11:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Comedies don’t travel, right?

Wrong. A pioneering French study, unveiled by its movie export org UniFrance Monday is Paris, showed that, contrary to industry, lore Gallic laffers were France’s No. 1 export line over 1995-2014, followed by thriller/adventure fare: Think Luc Besson EuropaCorp actioners, led by “Taken” installments.

That said, what distinguishes France, the world’s second-biggest film exporting nation, is its arthouse production, UniFrance president Jean-Paul Salomé observed. Drama indeed, after genre, is France’s fourth biggest export biz, in terms of international box office.

Boasting a wealth of detail and range of analysis typical of UniFrance (as Cnc French film board) studies, French Film Genres suggested Gallic movies sold 326 million tickets abroad, 1995-2014. That compares to 234 for thriller/adventure, 120 million for fantasy, sci-fi and horror and 97 million for drama. Next best sellers were documentaries (41 million), animation (40 million), war/period films (34 million), biopics (21 million), and crime »

- John Hopewell

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UniFrance’s Rdv Q&A: Thomas Lilti On ‘Irreplaceable’

13 January 2016 12:02 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Rolling off “Hippocrate,” which world premiered at Cannes’ Critics Week to warm reviews, doctor-turned-filmmaker Thomas Lilti delved once again in the medical world with “Irreplaceable” (‘Medicin de campagne’) which Le Pacte will unveil at the UniFrance Rendez-Vous in New York. The social dramedy stars Francois Cluzet (“Intouchables”) as a devoted and revered countryside doctor whose life gets rocked by a middle-age woman who’s come from the city hospital to earn her chops. Challenging each other with opposite views on medicine, the pair eventually bonds and learns from one another. Le Pacte has already scored a flurry of deals with Athena (Benelux), Caramel (Spain), Mantarraya (Mexico), Sky digi (Tawain), Filmcoopi (Switzerland).

Variety: It’s the second feature you’ve made that’s set in the medical world. What is it about doctors that triggers your inspiration so much?

Thomas Lilti: Since I am a doctor it’s a »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2016: #28. Rebecca Zlotowski’s Planetarium

12 January 2016 8:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »


Director: Rebecca Zlotowski

Writers: Rebecca Zlotowski, Robin Campillo

We’re expecting French director Rebecca Zlotowski‘s third feature, Planetarium to enhance the burgeoning auteur’s status on international radar. Her first two films, both starring Lea Seydoux, include the 2010 debut Belle Epine (which won the Louis Delluc Award for Best Debut at Critics’ Week) and the beautiful sophomore feature Grand Central (programmed in 2013’s Un Certain Regard – read review) and are still in need of Us distribution. Since her next is headlined by names like Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Melody Depp (daughter of you-know-who), there’s already enhanced interest. We’re more curious about the narrative, concerning two spiritualist sisters touring Europe in the 1930s, co-written by the talented Robin Campillo (who penned screenplays for several of Laurent Cantet’s best films including Heading South and The Class, and whose sophomore feature Eastern Boys was another underrated 2013 title).

Cast: Natalie Portman, »

- Nicholas Bell

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