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‘Lucy,’ ‘Weddings,’ ‘Beast’ Drive Bumper French Exports

17 January 2015 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris – Powered by Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings” and Christophe Gans’ redo “Beauty and the Beast,” French films punched the second-best year outside France on record, scoring €640 million ($768 million) from 111 million admissions at the international box, Gallic promo org UniFrance announced Friday in Paris.

Last year was only the second time in over two decades that French movies passed the 100 million international tix sales benchmark. Past decade average is around 80 million.

Scarlett Johansson starrer “Lucy” broke all-time records for a French film abroad, running up €302.8 million ($363.4 million) at international cinemas by year-end. But 2014 was more than a one-movie wonder. “Weddings” grossed €55.2 million ($66.2 million), “Beast” €25.0 million ($30.o million).

In 2012, Liam Neeson starrer “Taken 2,” produced by Besson’s EuropaCorp; “The Intouchables”; and Academy Award winner “The Artist” drove international territory box office for French movies to a total 144.1 tix sold and some $1.2 billion in box office. That record remains. »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #82. Jean-Francois Richet’s One Wild Moment

5 January 2015 2:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

One Wild Moment

Director: Jean-Francois Richet // Writers: Lisa Azuelos, Claude Berri (original film), Jean-Francois Richet

Jean-Francois Richet won a Cesar for his 1996 debut, Inner City, but snagged international attention for his Us remake of John Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13 back in 2005 before directing his more notable exploration of the French gangster Jacques Mesrine, which starred Vincent Cassel in a pair of 2008 titles. This coming year will see Richet unveiling a Mel Gibson headlined film, Blood Father, but we’re more interested in his remake of Claude Berri’s 1977 film here known as One Wild Moment, starring Cassel and Francois Cluzet as friends that take their teenage daughters on vacation, though one of them has an indiscreet liaison with the other’s kid. Sounds fantastically uncomfortable.

Cast: Vincent Cassel, Francois Cluzet

Producer: La Petite Reine’s Thomas Langmann (The Search)

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available.

Release Date: We’re »

- Nicholas Bell

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