Intl. Film Award: A Brief History of Gaumont

Intl. Film Award: Brief History of

Leon Gaumont, a French inventor, industrialist and pioneer of the film industry, establishes Gaumont, selling camera equipment and film, expanding into production and cinemas.

Nicolas Seydoux, Schlumberger empire heir and brother of Pathe’s Jerome Seydoux, buys Gaumont and starts producing films with Daniel Toscan du Plantier and Jean-Pierre Rassam.

Gaumont earns three Oscar nominations — actress, foreign-language film and adaptation — for Jean-Charles Tacchella’s romantic comedy “Cousin, Cousine.”

Gaumont initiates its first collaboration with the MOMA to host retrospectives from its 900-film library, notably featuring spotlights on Jean-Luc Godard, (pictured) Georges Lautnerand Francis Veber.

Gaumont opens Cannes Film Festival with Luc Besson’s sci-fi actioner “The Fifth Element,” which would go on to earn $264 million worldwide.

Sidonie Dumas becomes general director of Gaumont. She took the helm of the company from her father, Nicolas Seydoux, and has been behind many hits from the Gallic giant.

Gaumont co-produces Michel Hazanavicius’ spy spoof “OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies,” starring Jean Dujardin. The movie marks “The Artist” helmer’s first collaboration with Dujardin.

Gaumont’s vice CEO Christophe Riandee launches Gaumont Intl. Television. Gaumont scores with “The Intouchables,” with $426 million worldwide, the highest-grossing French-lingo film.

Gaumont wins five Cesar awards for Guillaume Gallienne’s “Me, Myself and Mum,” which premiered at Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and grossed $23 million in France.

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