Champs-Elysees Film Festival to Honor Harvey Weinstein With Career Homage
The producer also snagged distribution rights to "Artist" star Jean Dujardin’s next film "The Players."
PARIS - Fresh off of The Artist’s Oscar glory, Harvey Weinstein’s love affair with French cinema will continue at the first annual Champs-Elysees Film Festival when the producer is honored with an homage to his career.
The festival, organized under the patronage of French Cultural Minister Frederic Mitterand and run by producer, distributor and exhibitor Sophie Dulac, will honor Weinstein with a tribute to the industry giant’s career and screenings of films he’s produced. The Weinstein homage will take place on June 7 and several French and international talents who have worked with the producer throughout his long career will join him on stage for the presentation. Harvey Weinstein night on the Champs-Elysees will end with a dinner organized by the festival complete with several French talents and industry execs. Weinstein will participate in a master class during the brand new festival that will run from June 6 – 12 on Paris’ most famous avenue.
The Champs-Elysees fest will screen both U.S. indie titles and major Hollywood premieres complete with talent visits. The lineup for the first edition will feature a selection of 15 French and American titles ahead of their Gallic release dates plus 15 films submitted for Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The festival’s full lineup will be announced at the end of April.
The Weinstein Company has had a French-accented year after not only the triumph of The Artist at the Academy Awards, but also the early acquisition of Untouchable, now the top box office hit in France, Germany and Italy and poised to break French box office records abroad. The Weinstein Company will release Untouchable stateside in May.
The company most recently snagged Jean Dujardin’s latest film, The Players. Dujardin and pal, writer-actor-director Gilles Lellouche spearheaded the project that features a series of vignettes from different directors, all centering around the theme of male infidelity. Lellouche confirmed that the Weinsteins would release the title stateside during an appearance on Canal Plus’ Le Grand Journal on Tuesday night. The film was released in France on Wednesday via Stephane Celerier’s Mars Distribution.
The series of sketches unites Dujardin, Lellouche, Fred Cavaye, Eric Lartigau, Emmanuelle Bercot, Alexandre Courtes and Artist director Michel Hazanavicius behind the camera. Dujardin and Lellouche also star in the film alongside Dujardin’s wife Alexandra Lamy, Guillaume Canet, Geraldine Nakache and Manu Payet.