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A pocket film festival

Checkbook features Gallic, other Euro nations' pix

PARIS — French film fans who want a closer connection to the cinema may find a little link if they do their banking at La Poste, the French postal service, which is one of Gaul’s biggest financial establishments.

Replacing the French franc checkbook designs that highlighted either the history of aviation or the work of comic-book artists, La Poste’s new euro-denominated checkbooks celebrate hit films from France and other European nations.

A replica of the poster and a still from the film are incorporated into each check. The stubs show filmmaking paraphernalia, from a director’s chair to a clapboard.

Included are Francis Veber’s “The Dinner Game,” Pedro Almodovar’s “High Heels,” Emir Kusturica’s “Time of the Gypsies,” Lars von Trier’s “Breaking the Waves” and Theo Angelopoulos’ 1998 Palme d’Or winner “Eternity and a Day.”

In a nice bit of subliminal advertising, all the non-French pics depicted were assisted with French production coin.

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