Foreign productions receive France’s new rebate

Country's bouefed-up rebate benefits eclectic outsider mix

Fourteen foreign productions have received France’s new tax rebate. Twelve shot or will shoot in Paris or Ile de France, “Merlin” very nearby at Pierrefonds Chateau, and “Killers” in the South of France. The recipients (D = director; P = producer; C = cast; LP = line producer):

‘Despicable Me’
D: Christopher Renaud, Pierre Coffin; P: Illumination Ent. for Universal Animation Studios; voice cast: Steve Carell, Will Arnett; LP: Peninsula Film; French animator: Mac Guff Ligne

‘Hereafter’
D: Clint Eastwood; P: Dombey Street Prods., Malpaso, Warner Bros.; C: Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard, Cecile de France; LP: Peninsula Film

‘Inception’
D: Christopher Nolan; P: Warner Bros; C: Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Marion Cotillard; LP: Peninsula Film

‘Killers’
D: Robert Luketic; P: SS2 Prods., Lionsgate; C: Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher; LP: DMWT Prods.

‘Le Leon de Poubara’ (Gabon)
D: Henri-Joseph Kouba Bididi; P: Les Films de l’Equateur; LP: Adelaida Prods.

‘The Lorax’ (U.S.)
D: Christopher Renaud; P: Illumination Ent., Universal; French animator: Mac Guff Ligne

‘Love and Virtue’ (U.K.)
D: Raoul Ruiz: P: Fountain of Life; LP: Timoz & Co.

‘Merlin’ (Seasons 2&3) (U.K.)
D: Jeremy Webb, David Moore, Metin Huseyin, Alice Troughton; P: Shine; C: John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James; LP: Firstep

‘Nodame Cantabile’ (Japan)
D: Hideki Takeuchi, Taisuke Kawamura; P: Cine Bazar; C: Juri Ueno, Hiroshi Tamaki; LP: Comme des Cinemas

‘Paris Connections’ (U.K.)
D: Harley Cokliss; P: Amber Ent.; C: Anthony Delon; LP: Alienor Prods.

‘Thor’ (U.S.)
D: Kenneth Branagh; P: Marvel/Disney C: Natalie Portman, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L. Jackson LP: Angele & Fine Prods.; Vfx: Buf Compagnie

‘The Tourist’ (U.S.)
D: Florian Henckel von Donnersmark; P: GK Films, Spyglass; C: Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp; LP: Peninsula Film

‘Underworld’ (U.S.)
D: Len Wiseman; P: Lakeshore, Screen Gems; C: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen; LP: Valentine Prods; 2D-to-3D conversion: Duran

Woody Allen Project (U.S.-Spain)
D: Woody Allen; P: Gravier Prods, Mediapro; C: Owen Wilson; LP: Firstep

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