French film director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies at 75

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French cinema director Jean-Jacques Beineix, whose films include Diva, The Moon in the Gutter and Betty Blue, died on Friday in Paris after a long illness at the age of 75.  

Covid-19 crisis hastens dominance of digital world in French film and music sectors


One of the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a shake-up in the world of culture, including in France. As cinemas have stayed closed and music festival and tours have been cancelled, online streaming has stepped in to satisfy consumer demand for new film releases and live performances. Critics fear that not only is the culture industry rapidly becoming concentrated into the hands of a few major global players, there is also a risk that the dominance of online in films and music will reduce cultural diversity for many people – especially the poorest. Mickaël Correia reports.

France offers financial incentives for cinema to hire more women

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French culture minister Françoise Nyssen has announced that film productions with a minimum of four women in key professional roles will be eligible to greater financial subsidies than others, in a drive to reach greater gender parity in the industry.

Cannes film fest red-carpet protest over equal rights for women

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All of all of the Cannes Film Festival's female jury members, including its leader Cate Blanchett, along with many women actors, directors and producers held a protest on the red-carpeted entrance to the festival's Palis des festivals on Saturday to call for gender parity in the cinema industry, underling that Cannes had since its beginnings awarded 71 male directors with the coveted Golden Palm prize, but has given the honour to just two female directors.

French law to allow minors to watch 'real sex' scenes in films

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A new law due to be announced early February will replace 2003 legislation by which people under the age of 18 are automatically barred from seeing films 'with non-simulated sex scenes and extreme violence' in French cinemas.

2016 a poor year for French cinema abroad

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Figures show French-made films sold 34 million tickets abroad last year, a fall of 70 percent compared to 111.4 million in 2015, a bumper year.

French cinemas ring to the sound of laughter – and cash registers

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Film fans are turning their backs on economic woes, with a string of homegrown comedies swelling French cinema audiences by almost 10%.

Comedy about gender confusion sweeps French cinema awards

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Guillaume Gallienne's autobiographical film about a boy whose family treated him as a girl wins five trophies at the yearly César awards.

The plot behind Orange's censorship of its movie production arm

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Frédérique Dumas, head of Orange Studio, the film production arm of French telecoms giant Orange and which has co-produced several major box office hits including The Artist, was called upon to abandon the funding of a biopic about the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent in order to protect the private interests of Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, according to documents obtained by Mediapart. The move was aimed as a favour for Pierre Bergé, a major shareholder of French daily Le Monde and president of its supervisory board, whose paper was at the time publishing an unflattering series of articles about Richard’s implication in a high-profile judicial investigation into suspected fraud. Dumas, who refused to abandon the coproduction project, has since lost her job. Michaël Hajdenberg reports.  

French movie ticket sales slump in 2013

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Online viewing and lack of major hit films blamed for sale of only 192.8 million tickets in 2013, below the average for the past 10 years.

French cinema in 2013 'sexier and smarter than usual'

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Among the string of box office successes this year, several used an erotic plot to shine a light on the naked truth of socio-economic tensions.  

Why France is gearing up for a culture war with the United States

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France says that it will not start negotiations on transatlantic trade talks if cultural industries are not excluded from the start.

Prolific filmmaker Raul Ruiz dies in Paris aged 70

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Franco-Chilean film director Raul Ruiz, whose work includes more than 100 films, has died in Paris, aged 70, following a lung infection.

Wanna lose weight? Go to the movies (New Scientist)

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