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Olivier Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

11 February 2017 9:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm. 

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton. 

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love »

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Megaton unveils conman doc at the Efm

11 February 2017 9:59 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paris-based Upside Distribution is screening a teaser trailer at Efm. 

French action director Olivier Megaton is hitting the European Film Market (Efm) this weekend with a teaser screening of his upcoming documentary Roc, The World’s Greatest Con Artist, about infamous French con artist Christophe Rocancourt, which is currently in post-production.

The Taken 2 and Taken 3 and Transporter 3 director reveals that between big budget action pictures he likes to make documentaries.

“I’m started out as a painter, not a director. Documentary helps me return to something more human and artisanal that I had when I was painting,” says Megaton. 

“As time goes by the films I make are more and more heavy, complicated and pressured. When I am not making films, I need to do something different as I am addicted to work and find it impossible to stop. Documentary is something perfect for me. There’s not so much pressure and I love »

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French Films’ International Box Office Plunges in 2016

13 January 2017 11:40 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris — Box office for French film exports plunged 63% last year, compared to 2015, to €230 million ($240.4 million) off 34 million ticket sales, down 69%, as no new English-language French movie caught fire in either the U.S. or China, according to provisional 2016 figures announced by French export org UniFrance Friday.

For lack of a big new entry, “The Little Prince,” the No. 2 best theatrical performer outside France in 2015, ranked No. 1 in 2016. Underperforming in the U.S., EuropaCorp scare-fest “Shut In” was still France’s second-best performer in 2016.

Marking the weakest performance by French films’ outside France this century, the box office nosedive can be put down to the fact that Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp’s saw no big hit last year. Indeed, not since 2000 had French films punched less than 40 million admissions at the international box office. “We have become accustomed to the exceptional- films like ‘Lucy’ and ‘Taken’  making 20 million-30 million admissions,” and that is not normal, »

- John Hopewell

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