French tax incentives: Luc Besson can’t catch a break on home turf | VALERIAN

PARIS - The upcoming film VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS (2017) has a bang up cast (Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan and Clive Owen), will employ a twelve-hundred-person crew, take six months to shoot (with principal photography starting in January) and has been in the preparatory phases for two years. From a Frenchman's viewpoint, at least, it's a big deal. And yet, instead of being ... more >


New biopic about French designer on offer
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YSL is mega-hot. This year not one but two different biopics about the French designer are competing for the public’s attention. After Jalil Lespert’s “Yves Saint Laurent” [Weinstein] which is due out in June a new film will be shown at this year’s Cannes Festival called, simply, “Saint Laurent" (no U.S. date of release has been set as of this writing]. For this new biopic Bertrand Bonello, a ... more >

Luc Besson inaugurates Europe’s biggest film studios

Europacorp's don dada put his money where his mouth is--this is big

Europe now may just be on equal footing with Hollywood in terms of sound-stage real estate thanks to Luc Besson ("Fifth Element," “Taken,” “Nikita”). The French filmmaker’s twelve-year-in-the-making dream of a movie studio has materialized with the official inauguration last night of the Cité du Cinéma (City of Cinema) in the northern Paris suburb of Saint Denis. Visibly moved, the director drove ... more >


Turning the film education model on its head

Leave it to the people who invented cinema to make film education free. Following in the ideological footsteps of Sciences Po's Richard Descoings, Europacorp’s chairman Luc Besson has thrown open the doors of a new film school inaugurated this week. As reported by A.F.P. (Agence France Presse) Besson announced the start of registration at the School for the City, which is located in a ... more >