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Foreign pix shooting in Paris up 26%

Pix include 'Sherlock Holmes 2,' 'Killer Elite'

PARIS — The number of foreign films shooting in Paris rose 26% last year to 24 pics.

The city hosted a total 130 film shoots in 2011, an 18% year-on increase, according to Paris City Hall’s Cinema Mission.

Out of five U.S. productions that lensed in Paris, only Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” benefited from the international tax rebate, which is capped at 20% of local expenditure, up to a total €4 million ($5.1 million).

Benson Lee’s breakdance pic “Planet B-Boy,” another U.S. production, also got the rebate, but it shot in Montpellier in Southern France.

David Mackenzie’s “Killer Elite,” Daniel Espinosa’s “Safe House,” James Bobin’s “The Muppets” and Terrence Malick’s untitled project filmed in the French capital for a day or more, but they were not eligible for the international tax rebate, which requires a minimum of $ 1.2 million in select expenditures.

Besides “Sherlock Holmes 2” and “Planet B-Boy,” three other foreign pics benefited from the tax rebate : Jackie Chan’s martial arts actioner “Chinese Zodiak,” from China, and Sandra Nettelbeck’s dramedy “Morgan’s Last Love” from Germany, which stars Michael Caine and Gillian Anderson.

Michel Gomez, exec director of Mission Cinema, noted the breadth of foreign productions that came through Paris in 2011. Twelve countries were repped, including Germany, China, Iran and India.

However, the number of feature-length films that benefited from the international tax rebate in 2011 was lower than in 2010, pointed out Patrick Lamassoure, managing director of Film France, the national film commission. “There’s a cyclical effect: 2010 was an outstanding year bolstered by two large productions: Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo’ and Woody Allen’s ‘Midnight in Paris.’ And there’s also an economic factor: In 2011, the recession impacted Hollywood and the Euro was globally very high, causing American films to stay home and make the most of their own tax incentives.”

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