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  1. 1. Actress Sara Forestier with French Minister of Culture and Communications Renaud Donnedieu DeVabres. (Frederic Eger) Actor, director, producer Alain Chabat (Frederic Eger) Home Subscribe Print Edition Advertise National Editions Other Languages Nation World China Business Opinion Life Health Science & Technology Arts & Entertainment Sports Features Nine Commentaries on the Communist Party NTDTV 2007 Chinese Spectacular 2006 NTDTV Holiday Wonder Show Organ Harvesting in China Gao Zhisheng Hunger Strikes for China Bird Flu Quitting the CCP Epoch Times Reporters Jailed in China The Real Story of Jiang Zemin Previous Features Advertisement Home > Arts & Entertainment > Movies | Topic: Exhibits Printer version | E-Mail article | Give feedback The Salon du Cin�ma: A Success Beyond Expectations Paris Film Expo matches excitement of Cannes By Frederic Eger Special to The Epoch Times Jan 23, 2007 The way French actor Benoit Magimel put it, "The Salon du Cin�ma�it's like Cannes!" For this first ever film expo in Paris, Jan. 12�Jan. 14, the presence of crowds of photographers surrounding Patrick Rotman, Florent Siri, and Benoit Magimel made everyone there feel that they had been transported to the Cannes Film Festival. For a $30 entry fee, Parisians, French visitors hailing from the provinces, and even some Londoners had the opportunity to ask questions and take photographs with some of their favorite celebrities, including actor Michael Youn, actor-director-producer Alain Chabat, actor-director Guillaume Canet, actor Benoit Magimel, and director Michel Hazavinicius. "As surprising as it might sound, there hasn't yet been a film expo, although there are expos in every field, from cars to chocolate or Andouillette and bathrooms," say co-founders Moise Kissous, Gad Abitbol, and Jonathan Bryant. "The Salon du Cin�ma should belong to all of us. And because a celebration is never as beautiful as when it is open to all, we wished to invite, as the first foreign country [to participate], Morocco, a land of French filmmaking, and which has shared with France some of its most popular Moroccan talents," said a press release. For this international premiere, 50,000 visitors converged in Hall 6 of the Porte de Versailles for three days of meetings, presentations, and receptions. Organizers said the Salon's success exceeded their expectations. Moise Kissous found himself apologizing to a celebrity who tried to reach the VIP area and was promptly and energetically directed by security to the regular entrance area. "Please forgive us for the treatment you received at the entrance. This event has surpassed our expectations." Once inside, visitors were able to engage the Seventh Art in several ways, through institutions and professional organizations such as the Federation des Industries du Cinema, de l'Audiovisuel et du Multimedia (also known as FICAM), Film France, the Association des R�alisateurs et Producteurs, SRF, UCMF, the Union Guilde des Scenaristes (UGS, the screenwriters' guild), and the ministry of education, with the support of the National Center for Cinematography. One of the most memorable moments of the Salon was the inaugural reception under the patronage of the minister of culture and communications, Renaud Donnedieu DeVabres. For the occasion he posed beside actress Sara Forestier and his Moroccan counterpart, minister of communication Mohammed Nabil Benabdallah, A little glamour never hurts, especially with the appearance of the young actress Sara Forestier, known for her roles in Bruno Chiche's "Hell" (2006) and Claude Lelouch's "Le Courage d'Aimer" ("The Courage to Advertisement The Epoch Times | The Salon du Cin�ma: A Success Beyond Expecta... http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/7-1-23/50760.html 1 of 2 2/28/2015 10:23 PM
  2. 2. Chris Wedge, director of Robots and Ice Age 2 (Frederic Eger) Love," 2006). At the event's climax on Saturday, the Prix du Public awards (the People's Award) were given for France's favorite actor and actress. The Grand Forum, open around the clock, welcomed directors, screenwriters, and producers to discuss their projects and present their latest work. Among these was a brilliant presentation by screenwriter-director Danielle Thompson and a line-up of directors such as Guillaume Canet, Eric Lartigau ("Pr�te-Moi Ta Main"), and Michel Hazavinicius ("OSS 117"). Three highlights were especially noteworthy. First was the trio Florent-Emilio Siri, Benoit Magimel, and Patrick Rotman, who worked for five years on "L'Ennemi Intime" ("The Intimate Enemy"), which was a "Saving Private Ryan" for the Algerian War and will be released in September. Another highlight was the appearance of Michael Youn, accompanied by Bruno Merle and Cyriac Auriol, director and producer, respectively, of "Heroes," which is currently in post-production. Alain Chabat and Chris Wedge, directors of "Robots" and "Ice Age 2," shared their experience and savoir-faire with the public. In the end, nearly 60 presenters, ranging from film schools, the film industry, distributors and TV networks, professional organizations, and editors, gave the public an inside look at what happens behind the silver screen. For film and audiovisual professionals, as I was discreetly told by some, however, the salon in many ways looked more like an amusement park than a networking and business opportunity. Such is the challenge that the next Salon du Cinema will face: to go beyond the "gadget" stage and to become a truly useful and productive forum for professionals, as well as an educational opportunity for the public. But building on this year's success, it should not be difficult for the organizers to improve the formula. Long life to the French Salon du Cin�ma, and to the Seventh Art! Choose your edition | About Us | Contact Us | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Feeds Copyright 2000 - 2007 Epoch Times International The Epoch Times | The Salon du Cin�ma: A Success Beyond Expecta... http://www.theepochtimes.com/news/7-1-23/50760.html 2 of 2 2/28/2015 10:23 PM

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