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Exclusive: Paris-based Other Angle also adds sales on heist caper The Last Diamond.
It is Achache’s first feature-length film since award multiple award-winner The Hedgehog.
Les Gazelles stars actress and stand-up comedian Camille Chamoux [pictured] in the lead role with support from Audrey Fleurot, best known internationally as the gay, redheaded secretary in Intouchables, and Josephine de Meaux. The film is loosely based on Chamoux’s one-woman show Camille Attaque.
It’s liftoff time. Powered by a crop of established producers, pay TV giant Canal Plus and a surge of international alliances, Gallic fiction production is slowly but surely taking off and landing in other countries — including the notoriously hard-to-penetrate U.S. market.
The past two years have been particularly fruitful for French drama exports, with a flurry of homegrown shows, including cop skeins “Braquo” and “Spiral” and supernatural series “The Returned,” getting snatched up in major territories and scoring high ratings.
Riding the wave, the French Consulate in Los Angeles and the Ile de France Film Commission have joined forces to bow Direct to Series, a Los Angeles-set showcase of French fiction drama. The Producers Guild and the Writers Guild are backing the event.
“In terms of the culture of moving images, America and France have always inspired each other,” says WGA veep Howard A. Rodman. “For the past 100 years, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Boasting scenic volcanoes, over 500 waterfalls, 64 churches and postcard-worthy beaches — not to mention a gritty industrial zone — Guadeloupe is quickly becoming the most popular shooting location in the French Caribbean.
As an overseas territory of France, the island offers international producers the same 20% tax rebate, capped at €10 million ($13 million) with a minimum of $1.3 million in local expenditure required.
On top of the tax break, producers looking to shoot in Guadeloupe can tap into the $187,000 Guyana fund and a $2.6 million regional fund. Another useful trick: working with a local production office allows a saving of up to 16% on crew pays, points out Tony Coco-Viloin, managing director of the Guadeloupe film commission, which was created five years ago and collaborates closely with Film France to lure foreign shoots.
“We’re the only French territory in the American zone of the Caribbeans and we’re truly multilingual: We speak Spanish, Creole, French and English, »
- Elsa Keslassy
Filmmaker Tom Shadyac is in talks to take the helm on The Intouchables English-language remake for The Weinstein Company. Colin Firth is said to be circling a lead role, but nothing has been solidified at this time. We also reported in November that Silver Linings Playbook star Chris Tucker showed interest in starring as well.
Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) is writing the screenplay that follows an aristocrat who was paralyzed after a hang-gliding accident. He hires a young man from an urban environment to take care of him, as they both form a unique bond of friendship. The original film was one of the Best Foreign Language Film nominees at the Oscars last weekend.
Tom Shadyac started his career with a successful string of comedies such as Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, Bruce Almighty, and Evan Almighty. After he nearly died during a cycling accident, he left the business altogether, »
'Leftist toerags', les blunders and the return of Roban in tonight's double-bill. But which way will the spiral twist next?
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching Spiral series four on BBC4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episodes three and four – and please do not leave spoilers if you've seen further in the series.
Catch up with Vicky Frost's episodes one and two blog here.
No! Tintin! Lieutenant Fromentin is down, caught by a bullet in a shootout with jewel thieves. In good news, he was wearing a bulletproof vest, which could mean he could just be winded (copyright: a certain Scandi detective). In bad news, there was a lot of blood on the floor, which rather suggests otherwise. I'm hoping for a bloody but not fatal wound to a limb, but Laure's reaction suggests this might not end well. (I have everything crossed: sometimes Tintin is »
- Vicky Frost
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