The 2nd Champs Elysees Film Festival’s guest of honor, Berry will be in Paris for an event, unspooling June 12-18, that is consolidating as both a smorgasbord of titles by up-and-coming American helmers, and a commercial springboard for more major U.S. premieres in France from the likes of Richard Linklater and Barry Levinson.
Brad Pitt will receive a retrospective as part of the build up to the release in Gaul of “World War Z.” Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud will present Universal/Illumination’s “Despicable Me 2.”
French actress-producer Julie Gayet (“My Best Friend,” “Quai d’Orsay”) joins Gallic actor Olivier Martinez (“Taking Lives”) as the Champs Elysees fest presidents.
Two nations promote their national cinemas with unrelenting conviction: the U.S. and France. When a French festival promotes U.