Both public action and private initiatives will ensure heritage film is preserved and distributed, said key players gathered for the 10th edition of the Classic Film Market in Lyon. The round table brought together Sophie Seydoux, president of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé; Olivier Snanoudj, senior VP cinema distribution at Warner Bros. France; the BFI’s Executive Director of Knowledge and Collections, Arike Oke; Elodie Drouard, film program advisor at France Télévisions, and the Cineteca di Bologna head, Gian Luca Farinelli.On film restoration funding, all agreed...
Family-owned and run by Seydoux, Pathé is the only French film group still fully involved in exhibition, production, distribution and sales. He is now in his late 80s but ensures the company maintains its high standards and is planning for Pathé to list on the Paris stock exchange in 2024. Earlier this year, “CODA,” the remake of the company’s “La Famille Bélier,” took three Oscars, including best picture. Coming up for 2023 are big-budget features “Asterix and Obelix: The Middle Kingdom” and the two-part adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ masterpiece, “The Three Musketeers — D’Artagnan” and “The Three Musketeers — Milady.” Pathé is also venturing into TV production and has signed pacts with Netflix and Apple TV+. The company has plans to produce high-end series such as an adaptation of “Cyrano de Bergerac.”