Michel Gomez: ‘In a Very Tense Environment, Paris Hosted Major Domestic and Foreign Shoots in 2014’

Head of the Paris Film Office talks about key productions that shota in the French capital last year

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The Paris Film Office was set up in 2002 as part of the Mission Cinema project launched the same year. Both are integrated within the city council, the Mairie de Paris. Their goal is to provide a one-stop shop for French and foreign professionals that will handle all logistical aspects required for shooting in the French capital — which is not only one of the world’s most highly filmed cities but also one of the busiest, meaning that shooting there requires careful preparation. Two permits are required for filming in Paris: one issued by the Paris Film Office and one by the Préfecture de Police, the city’s police authority.

Since its launch, the Paris Film Office has inked agreements to improve filming conditions in the capital and set up a bilingual website to help French and international productions to prepare shoots. The site provides images of key locations and information on obtaining filming permits in Paris, and it enables permit requests to be submitted online.

Michel Gomez, head of the Paris Film Office, provided Variety with a brief overview of activities in 2014, including a list of key productions that shot in the city.

What are the main French and international productions that filmed in Paris in 2014?

In a very tense environment, Paris hosted 930 productions in 2014, representing 3,265 shooting days. Key French productions include Benjamin Rocher’s “Antigang,” starring Jean Reno; Emilie Cherpitel’s “Eva and Léon,” starring Clotilde Hesme and Peter Coyote; and Jean-Paul Rappeneau’s “Belles familles,” starring Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche and Karin Viard (see list below). In terms of international productions, there were major foreign film and TV series shoots in Paris in 2014, including “Rosemary’s Baby” (40 days), “Bastille Day” (19 days) and “Foujita” (23 days) (see list below).

What are the main French and international productions set to shoot in Paris in 2015?

We don’t yet have forecasts for 2015.

How important is the role played by public incentives, including France’s tax rebate on international productions?

While film production output has undergone a slight downturn nationally, it’s clear that the tools promoting Paris internationally play a key role. The two aforementioned feature films (“Foujita” and “Bastille Day”) and the TV series “Rosemary’s Baby” received an international tax credit, via the TRIP program, and shot in Paris for a significant number of days.

What specific measures have been introduced in 2014 by the Paris Film Office and what new measures are planned for 2015?

The Paris Film division of the Mission Cinema department is pursuing a policy of proactively welcoming film shoots by developing online tools for professionals and opening new shoot locations.


Key Paris Shoots in 2014

French productions:

“Antigang,” directed by Benjamin Rocher, starring Jean Reno, produced by Capture the Flag Film, spent 29 days in Paris.

“Eva et Léon” directed by Emilie Cherpitel, produced by Eliane and Antoinette, spent 14 days in Paris.

“Belles familles,” directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, and from Arprod, shot 13 days.

“Chant d’Hiver,” directed by Otar Iosseliani, starring Jacques Rufus and Tony Gatlif, from Pastorale Productions, had a 12-day shoot.

“Le Grand Partage,” by Alexandra Leclere, with Josiane Balasko and Karin Viard, a Pan-Europeenne production, 36 days in Paris.

“Rien ne sert de courir,” directed by Maïwenn, starring Emmanuelle Bercot and Vincent Cassel, produced by Les Productions du Trésor, spent 30 days in Paris.


International Productions

US TV Series:

“Rosemary’s Baby,” directed by Agnieszka Holland with Zoe Saldana and Patrick J. Adam, produced by Rosemary LF, spent 40 days in Paris.

Feature Films:

“Bastille Day” (U.S.), directed by James Watkins, starring Idris Elba and Richard Madden, line produced by Firstep, spent 19 days in Paris.

“Foujita” (Japan), directed by Kohei Oguri, starring Adèle Exarchopoulos and Jo Odajiri, line produced by Eurowide Film Production, spent 23 days in Paris.

“Emma” (Denmark), directed by Mads Matthiesen, starring Maria Palm and Ed Skrein, line produced by Slot Machine, spent 11 days in Paris.

“Tomorrow Land” (U.S.), directed by Brad Bird, starring George Clooney, line produced by Peninsula Film, spent four days in Paris.

”Our Kind of Traitor” (U.S.), directed by Suzanna White, starring Ewan McGregor, line produced by Firstep, shot four days in Paris.