Film exec Isabelle Obadia dies

Exec drove growth of Europa Distribution

French film exec Isabelle Obadia died Sunday of cancer in Paris. She was 47.

Obadia was head of business affairs at Europa Distribution, an org that reps indie film distribs in Europe.

Obadia started her career as a tax lawyer before joining film distrib and sales company Les Films du Losange in 2002 as part of the international sales team. In 2005, she moved to Groupe One, the international sales company headed by Daniel Marquet. They then set up production company Groupe Deux.

Since joining Europa Distribution in 2008, working alongside the org’s manager Adeline Monzier, she helped build its membership from around 50 distributors to its current 120 members and upped its profile within the European film biz.

Last year, Obadia and Monzier launched their own company, Black Rabbit, which ran the U.S. in Progress initiative in Wroclaw and Paris. Obadia also worked at Les Films du Losange in the international sales department.

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Monzier said: “For those who knew her, Isabelle was just incredibly special. She was able to dedicate herself passionately to her work, while enjoying every little thing life offers and generously giving to people her time, her affection.

“Isabelle fought her cancer for nine months with courage and dignity. She kept on working until the end because she was passionate (about her work). The best way to honor her memory is to do what she always did: Work with passion and be grateful to be alive.”

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