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Luc Besson Feted as Man of the Year at Unifrance Rdv in Paris

17 January 2015 10:35 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paris– Luc Besson, whose latest film “Lucy” was the highest-grossing French export of 2014 and, indeed, of all time, was feted as man of the year at the Unifrance Rendez-Vous’ annual presser.

For the occasion, “Lucy” star Scarlett Johansson recorded a video introduced by Unifrance’s managing director Isabelle Giordano during a packed press conference,  attended by not only Besson but also Oscar-nominated “Timbuktu” producer Sylvie Pialat, France’s minister of culture Fleur Pellerin, Cnc president Frederique Bredin, and helmers Michel Gondry, Joachim Lafosse and Nadav Lapid, among many others.

“The qualities that really drew me to work with Luc Besson — and is a huge part of the success of ‘Lucy’ — is his passion to achieve greatness. Luc is a perfectionist, and he has a certain idea of what he wants and won’t stop at anything to get it, and that’s what inspires everyone to strive for their greatest, »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Mitic, Mansky, Jashi projects join East Doc Platform

16 January 2015 3:26 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New documentaries by Boris Mitic, Vitaly Mansky and Salome Jashi are among the projects being pitched at this year’s East Doc Platform in Prague (March 2-8).

Broadcasters, distributors, film funders, festivals and producers from Europe and North America will attend pitching sessions for the East European Forum, Project Market and the second edition of the cross-media showcase Doc Tank.

200 applications were submitted for the 15th edition of the East European Forum which will be presenting ten projects including:

Georgian film-maker Salomé Jashi’s The Station about the aspirations of the only journalist and anchor-woman of a small provincial TV station

Estonian Jaak Kilmi’s People From Nowhere which will also be presented at next week’s When East Meets West co-production gathering in Trieste

Jakub Piatek’s A Film For My Mom, a home video documentary with fictional scenes

Vitaly Mansky’s highly topically Close Relations – The Ukraine Crisis, My Family »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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