French academy fetes producing pair

Langmann, Caucheteux win honor

PARIS — French producers Thomas Langmann and Pascal Caucheteux nabbed the Daniel Toscan du Plantier kudos for best producers at a ceremony held by the French Academy of Arts and Sciences in Paris on Monday.

 The award was created last year to honor Langmann’s multi-hyphenate father, Claude Berri, who produced blockbuster “Bienvenue chez les Cht’is.” Berri died last month age 74.

 Langmann’s “Public Enemy Number One,” helmed by Jean-Francois Richet, and Caucheteux’s “Christmas Tale,” directed by Arnaud Desplechin, will vie for multiple Cesars, Gaul’s film awards, including film, director and producer on Friday.

 Caucheteux, who produced some of Richet’s films including Ethan Hawke starrer “Assault on Precinct 13,” will team up with Richet once more for his next film.

Penned by Abdel Raouf Dafri (“Mesrine”), the as-yet unnamed pic will be shot between Los Angeles and Mexico and will deal with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

 Named after producer and former prexy of national film promo org Unifrance, Daniel Toscan du Plantier, the award is voted on by the members of the Academy of the Arts and Sciences  plus 2008’s Cesar winners.

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