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French Film Biz Hits Toronto With Hopes for Big Export Deals

8 September 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The French film industry finds itself in an improbable bind: as domestic box office grows, international receipts are falling, and sometimes for the very same reason.

For more than a decade, broad comedies have fueled the French box office, as significantly less-expensive homegrown productions have held their own against blockbuster imports. The public’s seemingly limitless appetite for comedy sketch shows and stand-up tours has bred several generations of polished comic performers, who in turn have been able to expand TV familiarity into movie star muscle. That strong roster has helped grow box office admissions over the past few years, including a 3% uptick in homemade productions.

Local funnyman Dany Boon — whose 2008 film “Welcome to the Sticks” remains the most successful film in French cinema history, and whose latest entry “Raid, Special Unit” is the year’s top domestic production — has emerged as the industry’s most reliably bankable director and star, while »

- Ben Croll

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17 June 2017 5:08 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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