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Some 100 locations agencies attended the Ile de France Film Commission’s location expo in Paris last week.
In spite of the recent alarm bells over French film production levels for the coming year, the mood at the Ile de France Film Commission’s annual location salon last week was quietly optimistic.
Some one hundred exhibitors attended the event unfolding over two days (Feb 13-14) at the City of Fashion and Design on the banks of the River Seine in Eastern Paris.
They ranged from historic sites such as the Chateau de Neuville, backdrop to classics such as Cyrano de Bergerac and Dangerous Liaisons, to the region of the Nord Pas de Calais, which hosted the shoots of Adele; Chapters 1 & 2 (aka Blue is the Warmest Colour) and the TV series The Tunnel.
Although French productions levels are expected to fall in 2014, the impact of changes to tax incentives for local productions and improvements to the Tax Rebate for International »
Herbert Kloiber, chairman of Germany’s Tele Munchen Group, has been named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor of France.
The order goes to one of French cinema’s staunchest supporters. At Berlin, for instance, Tmg’s Concorde, also Lionsgate’s Teutonic distributor, has sealed German-speaking territory rights to the Pathe-produced and sold “Sufragette,” with Carey Mulligan. It also pre-bought Pathe’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “La Famille Belier,” from helmer Eric Lartigau (“The Big Picture”) and produced by Vendome’s Philippe Rousselet and Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films, and Rose Bosch’s Gaumont’s ’ “A Summer in Provence,” with Jean Reno.
Concorde releases French hit “Me, Myself and Mum” in the spring.
Multiple film industry figures have become Chevaliers of the Order of Arts and Letters: Kloiber was bestowed with that honor in 1978. The Legion of Honor, an order established by Napoleon in 1802, is rarely won by foreign film figures, »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
Natascha McElhone Boards West End ‘Fatal Attraction’ Californication‘s Natascha McElhone is set to take on the role of Alex Forrest in the stage adaptation of Fatal Attraction. Written by James Dearden and directed by Trevor Nunn, Fatal Attraction opens at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket on March 25. Dearden was nomiated for an Oscar for writing the 1987 hit film about a one-night stand that turns deadly. This is his first venture into live theater. McElhone’s stage credits include Richard III, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Count Of Monte Cristo, The Cherry Orchard and Honour. Veteran director Nunn’s recent theater credits include takes on A Little Night Music, Cyrano De Bergerac, Inherit The Wind, Kiss Me Kate, Birdsong, All That Fall and Scenes From A Marriage. Fatal Attraction is produced by Theatre Royal Haymarket Productions, Robert Fox and Patrick Ryecart. The rest of the cast is due to be announced shortly. »
- NANCY TARTAGLIONE, International Editor
Rome -- Controversial France-born actor Gerard Depardieu, who recently renounced his French citizenship in a bid to avoid a hefty income tax bill, is in trouble in Italy, where he could face arrest or fines. The 65-year-old Depardieu, who was nominated for an Oscar for his work as the title character in Jean-Paul Rapperneau's 1990 version of Cyrano de Bergerac, said he was displeased by the election of French President Francois Hollande in 2012 because Hollande promised income tax rates as high as 75 percent on the wealthiest French citizen. To avoid the tax, Depardieu took up residence
- Eric J. Lyman
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