French stake claim at Hong Kong Filmart

Nation represented by a record 22 companies

HONG KONG -- France is replanting its flag in the Asian cinema landscape, once again positioning its companies, films and people in a giant booth smack in the middle of the floor at the Hong Kong Filmart.

Christine Pernin, Unifrance's chief rep for Greater China, based in Beijing, hosts director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, who arrives at the concurrent Hong Kong International Film Festival with "Micmacs," and as a co-presenter of the best actress prize at the Asian Film Awards.

"The last few years were tough for imports into China because of the Olympics and then China's 60th anniversary, but now there's a widening window of opportunity," said Pernin, who's proud to welcome a record 22 French companies at Filmart this year.

Actress Julie Ferrier accompanies Jeunet to the "Micmacs" in its sold-out screening on Tuesday at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center Theatre 1 at 7:15 p.m. Following the film, the French will host their annual Filmart soiree, by invitation only, at the Space Club & Lounge in Wan Chai.

Intercontinental is handling the Apr. 15 five-print Hong Kong release of "Micmacs," the story of an intricate plot to destroy two big weapons manufacturers.

Also on Tuesday, enfant terrible Gaspar Noe ("Irreversible") unveils his latest hallucinatory epic, "Enter the Void," about an American drug dealer in Tokyo, in its sold out screening at the Hong Kong Science Museum.

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On Wednesday, actor Louis-Ronan Choisy of director Francois Ozon's "The Refuge" will help local distributor Golden Scene with promotion around the film's sold out premiere at the UA Langham Place, 7:15 p.m.

Finally, documentarian Emmanuel Laurent will participate in the inaugural Asian Side of the Docs with his "Two in the Wave," the story of the friendship between Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut.