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The new challenges for French cinema

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- 700 professionals are heading to the Dijon Film Meetings for a number of strategic debates on the current burning issues in the film industry

The new challenges for French cinema

Burrowing down to the very roots of the struggles and reflections of the past in favour of cinematic creation, in order to prepare for the future and devise a regulatory framework that is inclusive of new players and technological developments; examining the state of certain industry sectors that often serve as adjustment variables, such as development and post-production; touching on modernising the system of film classification, which sometimes triggers turbulent situations; and getting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the work of filmmakers: all of these topics feature on the main menu of the 25th Film Meetings organised in Dijon from 22-24 October by the ARP (Civil Society of Authors-Directors-Producers – read the interview with managing director Florence Gastaud). This anniversary edition, presided over by Jacques Audiard, is a highly popular meeting place for strategic incubation that will gather together 700 professionals, including French Minister of Culture Fleur Pellerin, Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira and president of the CNC Frédérique Bredin.

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Among the debates on the programme, the subject of "Film and Regulation" will be discussed by MEP Viviane Reding and Pascal Rogard (managing director of the SACD), while the issue of "Film and Creation" will be tackled by Cécile Gaget (director of international sales at Gaumont), Maxime Saada (managing director of Canal+), producer Mathieu Tarot (Albertine Films) and Oscar-winning director Michel Hazanavicius, under the guidance of Thierry Lounas (producer, distributor and editor at Capricci Films).

The matter of the “stages sacrificed at the end of the film production process” will also be covered. Development issues will be picked apart by filmmaker Catherine Corsini (who is also joint president of the SRF – Society of Film Directors), producers Isabelle Madelaine (Dharamsala) and Pierre Guyard (Nord-Ouest Films), Franck Weber (director of development at Gaumont) and Jean-Paul Salomé (a director and president of UniFrance). Meanwhile, Gilles Gaillard (Mikros Image), Abraham Goldblat (I Médiate) and Jean Mizrahi (Ymagis) will shed light on the current state of post-production. Interestingly, the ADEF (Association of Film Exporters) will also make the most of the Dijon Film Meetings to present the White Paper on Export.

Saturday will be devoted to the delicate matter of “classifying works”, which will see the involvement of filmmakers Catherine Breillat and Gaspar Noé, Xavier Lardoux (director of cinema at the CNC), Jean-François Mary (president of the film classification committee) and Vincent Maraval (Wild Bunch). Lastly, director Eric Lartigau (joint president of the ARP) will host a debate on the practice of his profession together with his colleagues Thomas Bidegain, Antony Cordier and Katia Lewkowicz, and screenwriter Noé Debré.

A number of films, screened with their makers in attendance, will serve to break up the debates: these are L’Hermine [+see also:
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by Christian Vincent, Un + une [+see also:
trailer
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by Claude Lelouch, The Great Game [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Nicolas Pariser, Les Cowboys [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Thomas Bidegain, Je veux être actrice [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
 by Frédéric Sojcher, and the animated feature April and the Extraordinary World [+see also:
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interview: Christian Desmares and Fran…
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by Christian Desmares and Franck Ekinci.

(Translated from French)

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