A look at the location behind 'Cheri,' 'District 9'

Films of 2009 took advantage of locales to complement stories and augment personnages. Here is a list of possible contenders:

Bright Star
Budget: $8.5 million
Incentives: U.K. Film Council (New Cinema Fund), U.K. tax relief, Film Finance Corp., New South Wales Film and Television Office

Budget: $23 million
Incentives: Filmstiftung NRW, U.K. Film Council (Premiere Fund), Ile de France Film Commission (Fond de Soutien)

Coco Before Chanel
Budget: $23 million
Incentives: Logistical support from the Paris Film Office and the Basse-Normandie Film Commission

District 9
Budget: $30 million
Incentives: South African Dept. of Trade and Industry tax rebate; location support from the Gauteng Film Commission, South Africa; British Columbia’s Production Service Tax Credit

An Education
Budget: $7.5 million
Incentives: U.K. tax relief

The Hurt Locker
Budget: Under $15 million
Incentives: None, although some logistical help from the Jordanian Film Commission and the Jordanian royal family and government

The Last Station
Budget: $17 million
Incentives: German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Mitteldeutsche Medienfoerderung

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