Paris — 2018’s Paris UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema celebrates two anniversaries: It is the 20th anniversary of an event which, founded by Daniel Toscan du Plantier
, then UniFrance
head, has inspired other national cinema showcases around Europe. Second, in 2008, many distributors caught Dany Boon
’s “Welcome to the Sticks” at the Rendez-Voys as a guilty pleasure. It went on to gross millions not only inside but outside France. Since then, the Rendez-Vous
has become a platform for the best in French comedy, though it still boasts a strong line in first features, period dramas and rare but often arresting genre. Variety spike to Serge Toubiana
, heading into his first Paris Rendez-Vous as UniFrance president, and Isabelle Giordano
, UniFrance executive director, about the highlights and challenges for the Rendez-vous
and French cinema at large.
The UniFrance Rendez-Vous turns 20 this year. Will there be any special events to celebrate its 20th edition?
Giordano: A party on Jan.